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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Otmoor: 30th September

Barnacle Goose: ad. On the wetland in front of the hide, there was one barnacle goose among greylag geese.

Beina Tsivintzeli

The Barnacle Goose courtesy of Beina Tsivintzeli

Shirburn Hill: 30th September

Shirburn Hill

Stonechat: m.

Aston Rowant
Firecrest: in hedgerow at the top of Bald Hill.
2 Grey Partridge
4 Stonechat: 2m, 2f.

Jackie Newcombe

Devil's Punchbowl: 30th September

Devil's Punchbowl
7 Stonechat: 3 pairs + lone male.
4 Raven
9 Grey Partridge
9 Siskin: Over, South.

West Challow Field
Marsh Harrier: fem/imm. Sincere apologies to the driver behind after I slammed on the brakes and pull into a farm track without warning. Driving and birding is dangerous, kids. Don't do it!. SU371871.

Mark Merritt

Friday, 29 September 2017

Farmoor Grey Wagtail

Courtesy of John Workman

Henley Road GPs: 29th September

Henley Road GPs
2 Mandarin Duck: fem. 17:15.

Marek Walford

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 29th September

4 Heron
60+  Teal
9 Gadwall
8 Shoveler
1 Little Grebe
2 Green Sandpiper

key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Green Sandpiper Bicester Wetlands Reserve courtesy of Nick Truby.

Otmoor.A.M. 29th September.

1 Hen Harrier (juv male)
2 Stonechat.

Didcot Landfill this week

Some light gull relief.

Caspian Gulls with varying degrees of niceness.

One gorgeous juv/1st w looked textbook, a couple less so and two more with obvious mixed parentage. Indeed, a colour-ringed bird (yellow X480) was from a mixed colony near Leipzig in eastern Germany. It did, however, look pretty good from some angles.

This striking individual certainly behaved and sounded like a Cachinnans.

(Pills for nausea are available from most good pharmacies.)

Farmoor Reservoir 29th September

Shag (juv) still on F1 this morning (DL)


Harwell Laboratory: 29th September

Harwell Laboratory
Wheatear: f.

Mark Merritt

Thursday, 28 September 2017

: 28th September

Lower Wainhill
Stonechat: Male on fence in paddock at Wainhill Farm. SP768013.

David Stracey

Otmoor. 28th. September.

Marsh Harrier.  (f.)
Water Rail.
Kingfisher.  2.
Stonechat.  3.  (juv.)

Per:  P.G.  T.S.



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Lollingdon Hill 27th September

Twite 3 possible seen briefly and heard calling in mixed finch flock (per Paul Chandler)
Coal Tit Standlake

Farmoor Reservoir 27th September

2 Rock Pipit neither bird ringed western end of causeway (Jeremy Dexter)
Shag (juv) still present this morning.
Wigeon 2


Meadow Pipit at Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of John Workman

Otmoor.A.M. 27th September.

1 Sparrowhawk
2 Marsh Harrier
1 Raven (over)
27 Snipe
C. 200 Lapwing (Noke Sides)
Hirundines passing through.

Witney area: 26th September

Barn Owls

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Ringing Session at Bicester Wetland Reserve 26th September

Ringing |Colin Wearn photographs  Alan Peters

Key Holder Reserve

Rushey Common lake, 26th September

Ringed Plover
Common Sandpiper
Lapwings 25+


Farmoor: am 26th September

Rock Pipit

Oxford 26th September

Yellow-browed Warbler reported calling from gardens between Aston Street and Henley Street in East Oxford 07:30
(per Ben Sheldon).


Otmoor late September

Had a fantastic walk around the perimeter of the reserve Saturday afternoon. They were cutting hay in the field opposite Lower Farm, Noke, creating an unmissable feeding opportunity for the Red Kites. We counted 23 at one time. An amazing sight, and to have such a close view of the Kites as they plucked the unfortunate field mice and voles from the field was a rare experience for us. 

Paul Wyeth

All photos courtesy of Paul Wyeth.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Baulking Pit: 25th Sep

3 Juvenile Black Terns hunting well into dusk, flew high SW at about 19:25

Farmoor Reservoir 25th September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) F2 well out from side in front of 5 marker on the wall.
Highly mobile. SP4405. 16:20.

(per Catherine McEwan)

Red-necked Phalarope courtesy of Nick Truby

3 Greenshank along causeway 11:10
2 Sparrowhawks hunting around F2.
3+ Stonechats still present near Pinkhill Lock.
1 Rock Pipit causeway.

(per Dai)

Sparrowhawk courtesy of Dai

Stonechat courtesy of Dai

Rock Pipit

Ringing information - Stavanger ED08355/ Yellow E83 was caught and ringed on 15/08/2017 in Makkevika at the Giske Ornithological Station in western Norway. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Farmoor Res 24th September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) 15:30 (per RBA).

It's been requested that people stay on the path and not climb on to the shore.

Sandwich Tern 2 09:40
Common Tern 3 (per Dai)


Juvenile Dunlin

Dunlin 1 juvenile
Shag 1 juvenile
Greater Black backed Gull 3
Yellow legged Gull 4
Little Grebe 7

no sign of the Scaup

(per Ewan)

Aberrant Coot

Yellow-legged Gull 09:30.
Common Sandpiper 10:25.

(per Ralph Watts)
Shag still presentcourtesy of Nick Truby

Otmoor: 24th September

Osprey over southern reed bed c16:24 (per Paul Harris)
Hen Harrier (m) (per Luke O'Byrne)
Hobby: from first screen.
Water Rail: at Greenaways.
30 Snipe: at first screen.
Swallow: small passage south.
4 Yellow Wagtail: on Big Otmoor.
3 Whinchat on Greenaways (per Eddie McLaughlin)
16 Wigeon: at first screen.
Pintail: fem. at first screen.

Marsh Tit
6 Cetti's Warbler  (per Eddie McLaughlin)

(per Ian Elkins)

Marsh Tit courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Farmoor Reservoir 24th September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) 15:30 (per RBA).

It's been requested that people stay on the path and not climb on to the shore.

Sandwich Tern 2 09:40
Common Tern 3 (per Dai)

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Lark Hill 23rd September

Tree Pipit
4+ Stonechat
7 Yellow Wagtail
Barn Owl
Sparrowhawk pair
2 Reed Bunting
c70 Meadow Pipit
c400 Swallow

Farmoor 23rd

Red Necked Phalarope

Yellow Wagtail

Farmoor 23rd September

Curlew Sandpiper 1 flew through heading south 10.30am (per Fraser Cottingham)

Farmoor Sept 23rd

Red Necked Phalarope - 1 juv still present along causeway 16:30 (per Andy Last
Dunlin - 1 juv
Common Sandpiper - 2
Scaup - eclipse drake until 9:30 when flushed by boats
Shag - 1 juv base of water tower on F1

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd September

 Juvenile Red necked Phalarope

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) still present 15:30 F1
Scaup ecl drake F2 off southern bank.
Shag (juv)
Black Tern
Little Gull (per RBA)

(per Paul Greenaway, Ewan Urquhart, Mark Chivers)

courtesy of John Workman

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 22nd September

GREY PHALAROPE still present 15:00 (per Nick Truby)

Key holder reserve


Farmoor: 21st September

Some more Red-necked Phalarope pictures from this evening:

Short blog post here

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 21st September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE found by Dai, Dave Daniells.
Still present in N/E corner of F1 17:30 (per Tom Bedford).

Scaup ecl drake found by DL still present off S/W bank of F2 15:04 (The Wickster,Tezzer)
Shag (juv) F1
Albino House Martin

Farmoor Reservoir 21 September - early evening

Red Necked Phalarope in NE corner of F1.

Red Necked Phalarope (c) Stephen Burch
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Farmoor :21st September

Red-Necked Phalarope

Red-Necked Phalarope

Red-Necked Phalarope