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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

A329 near Moulsford: 31st May

A329 near Moulsford
Grey Partridge: Male, calling from bean field, SE of Silly bridge. SU5885. 21:30.

Mike Amphlett

A329 near Moulsford: 31st May

A329 near Moulsford
3 Corn Bunting: Male in song S of Silly bridge (with another bird on fence); poss another male singing from bean field. SU5885. 09:30.
Corn Bunting: Male singing atop a Hawthorn bush between sheep/cereal field - same again at 21:30!. SU5985. 09:30.

Mike Amphlett

Otmoor: 31st May

Cuckoo 10:15.
Curlew 10:15.
Turtle Dove: On Post by feeders. 10:15.

Graeme Porter

Otmoor.A.M. 31st May.

1 Hen Harrier (ringtail)
2 Turtle Dove
3 Snipe (drumming)
2 Curlew
12 Common Tern (raft)
3 Marsh Harrier
Bittern (grunting).

Woodeaton 30th May

Turtle Dove 1  on wires by road

A329 near Moulsford: 30th May

A329 near Moulsford
Corn Bunting: Male song heard briefly nr Silly bridge. SU5885. 09:45.

Mike Amphlett

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Otmoor RSPB 30th May

Male Turtle Dove
Sedge Warbler


Common Crane 1
Marsh Harrier 4
Hobby 2
Turtle Dove 2
Common Cuckoo 5+
Garden Warbler 4+ singing males

Otmoor 30 May 2017 am

3 Marsh Harrier
8 Common Tern
6 Cuckoo
3 Oystercatcher
1 Turtle Dove
1 Kestrel
2 Little Egret

Farmoor Reservoir 30th May

Little Tern 2 F2 close to causeway 09:15 (per Dai).

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Kings Sutton: 28th May

Kings Lock
Curlew: heard calling then seen flying over water meadows north of Kings Lock. 14:30.

Martin Frend

Otmoor 28th may

Cuckoo 3+ including the Hepatic Female
Turtle Dove
Marsh Harrier 2
Hobby 5+

sedge warbler

Hepatic Cuckoo

: 28th May

Chinnor Old Quarry
Water Rail: Heard calling but not seen. SU751996.

Jez March

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Weyland's Smithy 27th May

Quail (h) this afternoon (Wickster & The Law).

Ewelme 27th May

Red Kite

Ewelme Cressbeds 27th May

No further sign of any Bee-eaters by 16:53

Pit 60 27th May

Standlake pit 60
3 Redshank: of a pair removing eggshell from nest. SO843165.

Standlake pit 60
Hobby: 1 summer/2cy low past hide mobbed by gull. SO843165.

Mick Cunningham

Ewelme: Cress beds: 27th May

Ewelme: Cress beds
Bee-eater: Probably 3 present.

Thomas Stevenson

Otmoor RSPB 27th May

Common Crane (unringed) reported on Greenaways this morning (per RBA).

Cuckoo (rufous morph) still present (per Bark)
Marsh Harrier 4
Common Tern 12
Turtle Dove 2

Friday, 26 May 2017

Otmoor.A.M. 26th May.

Cuckoo (hepatic-morph) in the hedge at the back of Greenaways
at 08:45 (per Richard Ebbs)

4 Marsh Harrier
8 Common Tern
3 Little Egret.

per JR  PG.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Otmoor: 25th May pm

Hepatic morph Cuckoo, 1st screen, 12:40
Marsh Harrier, 1st screen, 15:35
Bittern, 1st screen, 13:00

Otmoor Thursday 25 May am

8 Common Tern (on tern raft)
2 Turtle Dove
6 Cuckoo
3 Hobby
3 Little Egret
3 Oystercatcher
2 Snipe (drumming)
Lots of warblers

Grass Snake out for a swim
Reed Warbler

Sedgie in full voice

Otmoor 25th of May

Rufous-morph (Hepatic) Common Cuckoo courtesy of  Norman Smith.

1 Bittern
2 Turtle Dove
2 Marsh harrier
Multiple Cuckoo's (including Hepatic-morph)
5+ Hobbies

Common Cuckoo courtesy of Pat Galka

See more of Pats photos on Pat Galka Flikr Page

Freeland: 25th May

Cuckoo: Calling from wood, eastside of Freeland. Also heard on Tues per my parents.

David Cleal

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Pangbourne: River Thames: 24th May

Pangbourne: River Thames
Mandarin Duck: fem. with brood of ducklings. 12:35.

Peter Law
Red Kite courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Otmoor.A.M. 24th May.

1 Bittern
1 Marsh Harrier
5 Common Tern
4 Little Egret.

Otmoor RSPB 24th May

Hepatic-morph Common Cuckoo reported this morning near to the second screen
(per the RSPB).

Hinksey Park May 24th 09:13

Cuckoo - 1 calling (rare here, second record?)

Sent from my iPhone

Otmoor: 23rd May

 Greenaways (by cattle pens), 10:00 - 15:30

Turtle Dove, 14:00
Hobby, 12:45
Common Crane, 10:25
Marsh Harrier, 11:15

Monday, 22 May 2017

Fyfield Wick: 22nd May

Fyfield Wick
Corn Bunting: male. Singing by A415 at the junction of digging lane. 1st time observed here. SU415977. 18:45.

Frilford: Millet's Farm
Corn Bunting: male. Singing by A415 just west of Millets farm on opposite side of road. 1st observation here. SU430975. 18:45.

Jed Cleeter

: 22nd May

Spotted Flycatcher: Calling from wires on Church Street. SU4388.

Leo Bateman

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd May

Turnstone 2
Sanderling 2

(per Dai, Dave Daniells)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Port Meadow: 21st May

Port Meadow
Greenshank: Briefly on the floods this evening.

Adam Hartley

Ardington 21st May

4 Mandarin Duck: Fem and three young (perhaps about a week old). SU4388.

Leo Bateman

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 21st May

 Hobbies this afternoon over Greenaways (Badger).

2 Turtle Dove one in oak tree other calling from car park. 13:45.
2 Cuckoo
15 Hobby
1 Water Rail
5 Reed Warbler
2 Garden Warbler
2 Cetti's Warbler

No sign of yesterday's unringed Crane.

(Ralph Watts, Badger, Bark et al).

Turtle Dove courtesy of Derek Lane

Farmoor Reservoir: 21st May

3 Sanderling
Ringed Plover

Mike Youngman 09:30

Sanderling courtesy of Wilf Lewis

Fyfield: 21st May

Reed Bunting: male. Singing on hedgerow south of A420. 1st sighting here. SU423981.

Jed Cleeter

Henley Road GPs: 21st May

Henley Road GPs
10 Hobby: All pretty high. Could well be more. 13:00.

Richard Jinks

Chinnor Old Quarry 21st May

Whitethroat courtesy of Jez March

3 Little Ringed Plover: ad. SU749996.
6 Whitethroat: ad male and fem.

Jez March

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Otmoor: 20th May

Common Crane (unringed)  courtesy of Derek Lane

1 Common Crane (unringed)
1 Marsh Harrier
2 Little Egret
2 Common Tern
2 Shelduck: pair on Big Otmoor; female has injured wing.
2 Black-tailed Godwit: on Big Otmoor.
2 Turtle Dove m/f
2 Cuckoo

(per Ian Elkins, Badger)

Kingston Lisle: Ridgeway: 20th May

Kingston Lisle: Ridgeway
Quail: Calling.
4 Yellow Wagtail
2 Curlew
6 Corn Bunting
2 Raven

Sparsholt: Ridgeway
2 Yellow Wagtail
2 Corn Bunting
2 Raven

White Horse Hill
2 Corn Bunting

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Open Day 20th May

Male Common Kestrel

Eynsham: 20th May

5 Marsh Tit: ad and juvs. Adult/s feeding at least 3 juvs.

Mick Cunningham

Wantage: 20th May

Hobby: SU399874.

Mark Merritt
Common Tern Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of John Reynolds.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Standlake Pit 60: 19th May

Standlake Pit 60
Ringed Plover: On north shore with LRP. Mutual aggression shown.
Hobby: Up to 4.
Reed Warbler: Singing next to north hide.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake Common: am 19th May

Thames Fields
Pit 28
Pit 60
4 Little Ringed Plover
2 Oystercatcher

Otmoor.A.M. 19th May.

2 Marsh Harrier (m)
2 Turtle Dove
Snipe (drumming)
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail)
3 Blackwits
4 Little Egret
2 Yellowhammer (m)
3 Little-ringed Plover
1 Dunlin.

Yellowhammer courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Grimsbury Reservoir: 19th May

FULMAR - flew over c.10:15

per Steve Holliday

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Otmoor Thursday 18 May a.m.

3 Black Tailed Godwit (Big Otmoor)
1 Little Egret
2 Marsh Harrier (1 carrying nesting material)
10 Hobby
4 Cuckoo
2 Turtle Dove
4 Common Tern

Turtle Dove courtesy of Jim Hutchins.

Childrey: 18th May

Spotted Flycatcher: In the churchyard, close to where one was seen last summer.

Colin Vickers

Swalcliffe: 18th May

Spotted Flycatcher: SP378389.

Steve Holliday

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 17th May

Grey Plover courtesy of Dai.

Grey Plover 18:10
Sanderling 2
Dunlin 3
Ringed Plover 3
Shelduck 2 (a.m only)

17:50 (per Dai)

Otmoor: 17th May

Big Otmoor 09:30-10:15

The definition of a record shot - calidris waders right at the back of Big Otmoor in torrential rain with a DSLR!

1 Sanderling
7 Dunlin
1 Black-tailed Godwit
Short blog post here.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A329 near Moulsford: 16th May

A329 near Moulsford
Cuckoo: Male calls from down *nr Thames, heard from my bathroom 600m distant! (*still in SU5985). SU5985. 08:30.

Mike Amphlett
Redshank recently on Otmoor courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Rushy Common 16th May

Sanderling 3 on island to the right of the hide.

14:00 (per Clackers)

Farmoor. 16th. May.

Red Crested Pochard with young.
Per. Dai.  Tezzer.
Red Crested Pochard.

Otmoor.A.M. 16th May.

1 Hen Harrier
2 Turtle Dove
Snipe (drumming)
3 Black-tailed Godwit (juv)
2 Shelduck
4 Common Tern
7 Little-ringed or Ringed Plover (mix)
1 Oystercatcher
1 Raven (over).

Standlake Pit 60: am 16th May

4 Little Ringed Plover
2 Oystercatcher

Monday, 15 May 2017

Kingston Bagpuize: 15th May

Kingston Bagpuize
Barn Owl 20:30.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Reservoir 15th May

Grey Plover
Sanderling 3
Dunlin 4
Black-tailed Godwit

17:50 (per Dai)

Caulcott Village

Corn Bunting 2 pairs, one on footpath north of village before rape field west of Hill View Farm,another pair SW of village.

Alan Peters

Grimsbury Reservoir: 15th May

Grimsbury Reservoir
Sanderling: feeding along western shore. 12:30.

John Friendship-Taylor

Otmoor: 15th May

Big Otmoor 09:30-11:00:

3 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Ringed Plover
2 Little Ringed Plover
1 Osytercatcher
2 Shelduck

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Hanwell: 14th May

Spotted Flycatcher
- one at and around the church

Grimsbury Reservoir: 14th May

Early AM
Ringed Plover and Dunlin
- both left after the rain stopped just after 06:30
2 Common Tern
Willow Tit
- failed nesting attempt, more information to come soon on Grimsbury Birds

Early evening
Little Ringed Plover

Churn, 14th May

From railway bridge
Grey Partridge  5
Little Owl
Corn Bunting 3 singing
Yellowhammers 4 singing

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Otmoor 14th May


Turtle Dove

Black-tailed Godwit 3 (Big Otmoor)
Ringed Plover
Little-ringed Plover 2
Common Tern 2
Turtle Dove
Cuckoo 3+
Hobby 11+
Little Egret 2+

(per Tezzer, Andy Last, Badger)


Black-tailed Godwits courtesy of Badger.

Sonning Eye GPs: 14th May

Sonning Eye GPs
Hobby 12:00.

Marek Walford

Chinnor Quarry 14th May

Little-ringed Plover courtesy of Jez March.

2 Little Ringed Plover: ad. SU750996. 08:30.
4 Whitethroat: ad. 4 seen, several more heard around the quarry. SU750996. 08:30.Greenshank: ad. Heard calling. SU750996. 08:30.

Jez March

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Arncott 13th May

Turtle Dove 3+ S/E of Bicester at Arncott M.O.D (per RBA).

Wantage: Chain Hill: 13th May

Wantage: Chain Hill
4 Corn Bunting
4 Reed Bunting: 3m & 1f.
3 Yellow Wagtail
2 Grey Partridge

West Ilsley: Ridgeway
5 Corn Bunting
Reed Bunting: male.
2 Yellow Wagtail
2 Grey Partridge

White Horse Hill
Corn Bunting
2 Raven

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor RSPB 13th May

Male Ruff courtesy of Luke O'Byrne.

Ruff (m) a.m on Big Otmoor then flushed by gull and flew north.
Black-tailed Godwit 3 eastern end of Big Otmoor.
Golden Plover
Ringed Plover
Little-ringed Plover 2
Water Rail
Cuckoo 2+
Turtle Dove 2+
Little Egret c7
Cetti's Warbler 3+
Grasshopper Warbler

(per Paul Greenaway, J Rose, The Wickster, Badger, Bark)


Henley Road GPs: 13th May

Henley Road GPs
4 Red-crested Pochard: m+f+2juvs. Pair with 2 juvs about a week old. 12:00.
2 Cuckoo

Marek Walford

Rushy common 13th May

2 Turnstone
2 Little Ringed Plover
1 Common Sandpiper
2 Oystercatcher
10 Red crested Pochard
2 Egyptian Geese
1 Black Swan

Blenheim Park 13th May

Spotted Flycatcher nr the Combe gate entrance c10:55

(per Dave Doherty)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 13th May

2 Dunlin
1 Little Ringed Plover

Farmoor 13th May

1 Black Tern
2 Yellow Wagtail
Common Sandpiper

Pit 60: 13th May

No sign of Black-winged Stilts 05:00 - 06:30

Friday, 12 May 2017

Standlake Pit 60: 12th May

2 Black-winged Stilt
Went to see if rain had brought in waders; Stints possible - Stilts a long shot. I was in Langley Hide - they were some way off on north shore. Was thinking possibly 2 males as both were black-hooded but I have vague memory that this is now a discredited criterion (my books not unpacked yet!). One had black head and fore-mantle was duller but the light was poor and it was hard to tell. Birds were there at 08.55pm when I left though they sometimes disappeared into the back channel. 
PS Lost 1 key. If anyone finds a blue-based hide key in Langley Hide pls call 07825 412 525/01865 301842 and I'll retrieve.

Mick Cunningham

The two Stilts courtesy of Mick Cunningham

Otmoor. Evening. 12th May.

Quail reported (per Mathew O'Byrne)
Little Ringed Plover.
3 Black Tailed Godwit.
6 Hobby.
3 Cuckoo.
3 Marsh Harrier.
Hen Harrier.  (ringtail).
Per.  S.R.  L.D.  T.S.

Turtle Dove.

Hen Harrier.