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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Bix: 31st October

15 Hawfinch: Groups of 8+3+4 Heading SW over Old Bix Rd, over the A4130 dual carriageway and Looked to be dropping down in to Lambridge Wood SU736845. Tzikking as they passed over. SU736845. 14:00.

Ashley Stow

Farmoor Reservoir 31st October

Common Scoter courtesy of David Hastings

Common Scoter (f) still present on F1 (per Dai)
Snow Geese 88 15:00-16:15 (per David Hastings)
Dunlin 3
Yellow-legged Gull

(per Michael Hunt)

One of the Snow Geese courtesy of David Hastings

Dunlin courtesy of John Workman

Standlake: 31st October

Brambling: Flew over St Giles' church calling. Village tick!.

Standlake Pit 60
Green Sandpiper
3 Raven
370 Fieldfare: Total of various flocks south. Local influx.
Goldeneye: male. Moulting.forgot to log a male for 28 th Oct at same site. Diff bird.
65 Redwing: Total of parties south.
Water Rail: Minimum 1. Very vocal.

Sparrowhawk: male ad. Perched at roadside.

Mick Cunningham

Rushey Common lake,31st October

Egyptian Geese 6
Goldeneye 1m 1f
Pochard 6

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Monday, 30 October 2017

Chipping Norton: 30th October

Chipping Norton
30 Fieldfare: SP303252. 09:30.
120 Starling: First small flocks of winter in trees and hedgerows - delightfully noisy. SP303252. 09:30.
Green Woodpecker: ad male. SP303252. 09:30.
55 Golden Plover: Over fields W of CN adjacent to private road to Sarsgrove Farm - first flock of the winter - splendid in winter sunshine. SP303252. 09:30.

Steve Akers

Otmoor 30th

Hen Harrier 2w male: an advanced individual.
This 2w male taken on Otmoor 18/12/2012 is probably older than the bird above.

Shotover 29th October

Hawfinch 2
Marsh Tit

Sat 28th South Park


27th Oct FAI Farm Wytham

Stonechat 2 (f)

(per Tommaso Pizzari)

Wootton Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk in Wootton Garden, courtesy of John Workman

Piddington: 30th October

3 Raven 11:00.

Colin Oram

Otmoor 30th October

Bittern - 2nd Screen
8 Stonechat
1 Whinchat (Cattle Pens)
Marsh Harrier (3 different juvs + ad male)
30 Golden Plover
27 Lapwing
3 Cettis
Marsh Tit
30 Fieldfare
20 Redwing

Whinchat courtesy of Ewan

Cettis Warbler

: 30th October

Chinnor Old Cement Works Quarry
12 Teal: SP755996. 09:00.

Jez March

Farmoor 30th October

Common Scoter flew in from the north west and landed on F2.
Two Goldeneye on F2 were the first of the autumn.
Single Redshank and Dunlin seen along the causeway.
Rock Pipit on the causeway late afternoon.

Kingston Bagpuize: 30th October

30th October

Kingston Bagpuize
5 Hawfinch: 1 landed on tree top behind Hinds Head Pub 06:51 & 4 low South towards the Church.
2 Common Crossbill: Low east calling. 06:51.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor. 30th. October.

Common Scoter. (f.)   F.2.

Per. Dai.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Standlake Pit 60: 29th October

Standlake Pit 60
2 Tree Sparrow: Early morning vismig MC+ a visiting Johnny Mac 2 Tree Sparrows west.
Redwing: 335 in an hour, mostly west.
42 Fieldfare: flew west.
2 Lesser Redpoll: flew west - actually redpoll sp but sounded like lesser.
12 Song Thrush: west vis mig - almost certainly undercount.
6 Blackbird: flew west - vismig.
11 Greenfinch: flew west - vismig.
17 Chaffinch: flew west vismig.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor - 29th October

Golden Plover 2500+
Marsh Harrier 1
Fieldfare 10
Redwing 100+
Marsh Tit 1
Raven 1
Siskin 1
Reed Bunting
Redpoll 2

George Best

Lockinge: Lockinge Lake: 29th October

Lockinge: Lockinge Lake
Mandarin Duck: male. 15:30.

Leo Bateman

Kingham 29th October

Little Egret 2 (unusual here)
Marsh Tit 1

Sarsden 29th October

5 Fieldfare
8 Yellowhammer

Barn Owl Radley courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Chipping Norton: 29th October

Chipping Norton
140 Golden Plover: Present here since 3rd week in Sept according to bird friendly farmer who farms here. SP361295. 16:00.
Tree Sparrow: m. In with small group of Yellowhammers. Farmer here puts up boxes for them. SP361295. 16:00.

Steve Akers

Kingston Bagpuize: Church: 29th October

Kingston Bagpuize: Church
2 Hawfinch: 2+ Heard calling from copse opposite Church when I arrived home. Possibly roosting there ?. 16:15.

Jed Cleeter

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 29th October

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
5 Little Egret
2 Pintail: drk.
190 Black-headed Gull
264 Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Redpoll

Ian Elkins

Chipping Norton: 29th October

Chipping Norton
100 Golden Plover: 100 plus NE of CN over A361 at turning to the Tews . SP354297.

Steve Akers

Wantage: 29th October

Firecrest: m. Along Letcombe Brook behind the underground car park. SU397881. 12:45.

Mark Merritt

Rushy Common, 29 October

Caspian Gull, 1 adult winter
Yellow-legged Gull 8+ adult winters
RC Pochard 36

Otmoor 29th

2 Stonechat m&f
Marsh Harrier
100+ Redwing over
Water Rail

Standlake: 29th October

3 Hawfinch: Another at pit 60 u turned back north with redwings 08 45 2 flew out of St Giles church with redwings 09 45 .

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor Reservoir: Pinkhill: 29th October

Farmoor Reservoir: Pinkhill
Great White Egret 08:30.

Mike Youngman

Worminghall: 29th October

10 Hawfinch: 1, 5 and 4 flew South between 0700 and 0900. Also Bullfinch S and 5 Golden Plover W. 09:00.

Peter Alfrey

Standlake: 29th October

Hawfinch: Pit 60 1 wrst in moderate passage of redwings @ 8 20.

Mick Cunningham

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Peregrine Falcon
Courtesy of Derek Latham
Otmoor RSPB

Worminghall: 28th October

Hawfinch: 1-2 flying around village.

Peter Alfrey

Otmoor RSPB 28th October

Juvenile Whooper Swan courtesy of Martin Swannell

Whooper Swan (juv) 1st screen 09:28 until c11:00 when it flew off with a Mute Swan.

Hen Harrier (2nd yr male)
Marsh Harrier 3 (m)
Bittern 2+
Golden Plover c300
Wigeon c20
Water Rail

Departing Whooper courtesy of Tezzer

Whinchat courtesy of Andy Last

Whinchat around the cattle pens mid morning
Stonechat c6
Fieldfare c20
Redwing c20
Cetti's Warbler
Brambling from the Wetlands Watch hide
Siskin 2

(per Bark, Tezzer, Andy Last, Badger et al)

Wootton nr Abingdon: 28th October

Wootton nr Abingdon
20 Hawfinch: Flew over Home Close per Josh Cleeter. 16:15.

Jed Cleeter

Ardington 28th October

6 Hawfinch over Church Street 1700 low ESE, heading towards the grounds of Ardington House

Kingston Bagpuize: 28th October

Courtesy of Jed Cleeter

3 Hawfinch: Landed in trees behind Hinds Head Pub briefly. Then flew North. 08:49.

Jed Cleeter

Courtesy of Jed Cleeter

Hinksey Park Oct 28th

Hawfinch - 5 low to the west 13:25
Wigeon - Male 
Blackcap 1 Male 2 female 

Sent from my iPhone
Sparrowhawk Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Tezzer

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 28th October

Great White Egret Dix Pit on island at the waste recycling end 12:24 (per Dave Doherty)
Possibly present last week

Snow Geese c60
Barnacle Geese 11

Tubney: Tubney Wood: 28th October

Tubney: Tubney Wood
Hawfinch: Flew in from W.
5 Siskin

Mark Merritt

Rushey Common lake, 28th October

Great White Egret
Egyptian Geese 3
Fieldfare at least 2 flocks 50+ & 23 over heading west
Red Crested Pochard 19
lots of passerine movement over, mostly seemed to be Goldfinches


Cumnor Hill 28th October

Hawfinch 8 over this morning (per The Wickster)

Standlake, pit 60

Hawfinch, 7 flew W at 11.00

Rushey Common 28th October

Great White Egret from hide 09:38 (per Keith Clack)

Key holder reserve.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Otmoor. October. P.M.

2. Sparrowhawk.
2. Marsh Harrier.
Brambling.  (Wetland Hide)
Goosander.  f.   First Screen, then flew out to west.
Hen Harrier. m.  reported.


Kingston Bagpuize: 27th October

Kingston Bagpuize
12 Hawfinch: 1 circled calling 07:55 then flew SW & 11 flew West calling 09:28.
Probable 4 Brambling: Probable flying extremely high with Redwings and keeping up with them.

Jed Cleeter

Bicester Wetland Reserve 27th October

Cetti's Warbler ringed, this bird has been in the small reed bed for over 2 weeks.
1 Firecrest (2 Goldcrests) ringed, the Firecrest is a new species for the reserve and a big surprise!

For comparison a couple of images of Firecrest and Goldcrest together.

Also one of the Cetti's Warbler.

This post was Cleared by Badger

key holder reserve

Photos  Alan Peters  Ringer Colin Wearn

Standlake 27th October

Hawfinch 8 at St Giles Church. 7 over at 14:19.
1 flew out of Yew tree towards trees on the southern boundary
if the church 13:19 (per Mick Cunningham).

Autumn Watch 26th October

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Blenheim Park 27th October

Hawfinch 7 (5 then 2) nr the Grand Bridge c08:40
Water Rail
Pintail 2
Cetti's Warbler

(per Dave Doherty)

A329 near Moulsford: 27th October

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Fem back again, under sfh feeder. SU5985. 08:45.

Mike Amphlett

A329 near Moulsford: 27th October

A329 near Moulsford
Tree Sparrow: Single bird on sfh feeder - two visits - an amazing turn up here just outside my sitting room window and, needless to say, a first!. SU592852. 08:10.

Mike Amphlett

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Burford 26th October

Hawfinch 2 just north of Burford flew N/W over Blackheath Farmoor at 17:22 (per Dave Morgan)

Kingston Bagpuize: 26th October

26th October

Kingston Bagpuize
3 Hawfinch: Circled calling then flew SW. 08:16.
Rock Pipit: Through South calling. 07:57.

Jed Cleeter

A329 near Moulsford: 26th October

A329 near Moulsford
Stonechat: fem. Female, perched on fence posts, ca.50m S of Silly bridge - a first at this site!. SU588854. 09:45.

Mike Amphlett

Lark Hill 26th October

2+ Brambling in copse
30+ Corn Bunting
Stonechat pair

Chipping Norton: 26th October

Chipping Norton
Lesser Redpoll: First record this location. SP303252.

Steve Akers

Oxford 25th October

A belated report from RBA of a probable Yellow-browed Warbler yesterday "at the University Museum behind Linacre College". This doesn't quite make sense as the Museum and Linacre have quite a few science departments in between them but somewhere in this general might be a reasonable guess.

Otmoor.A.M. 26th October.

1 Brambling (over calling)
1 Raven (over calling)
2 Bittern (5 flights)
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Redpoll
1 Kingfisher
1 Marsh Tit
1 Coal Tit.

per:  DD  PG.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Baulking: 25th October

Caspian Gull: 1w. SU322908.
10 Yellow-legged Gull: various. 10+. SU322908.
Ring Ouzel: m. Same bird as Sunday 22nd?. SU322908.

Mark Merritt

Devil's Punchbowl: 25th October

Devil's Punchbowl
Merlin: f.
6 Stonechat

Mark Merritt

Otmoor 25th October

3 Stonechat
1 Whinchat
1 Raven
c1000 Golden Plover
c500 Lapwing
20 Snipe

Also reported:
3 Bittern
Marsh Harrier

Farmoor 25th October

Common Scoters 3.
Redpoll 12+
Stonechat 1 male.


Wootton nr Woodstock: Hordley Farm: 22nd October

Wootton nr Woodstock: Hordley Farm
Stonechat: fem.

Bob Pomfret

Burford 25th October

Hawfinch 2+ just north of Burford flew N/W over Blackheath Farm at 08:10 (per RBA)

Kingston Bagpuize: 25th October

25th October

Kingston Bagpuize
Hawfinch: Flew SW. 07:57.
Swallow: Flew SW. 07:55.
5 Lesser Redpoll: Flew South calling. 08:01.
Stonechat: Circled calling then flew South. 08:05.

Jed Cleeter

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Kingston Bagpuize: 24th October

Kingston Bagpuize
3 Hawfinch: Singles SW at 08:04 & South at 08:23 and 14:28.
Rock Pipit: South calling at 08:27.

Jed Cleeter

Rushy Common lake, 24th October pm

Wigeon 40+
Pochard 4
Red Crested Pochard  4m 4f


Otmoor.A.M. 24th October.

1 Merlin
1000 Golden Plover (well in excess of)
1 Marsh Harrier (m)
2 Little Egret.

Standlake Pit 60: am 24th October

8 Snipe
Water Rail
4 YL Gull
Little Ringed Plover (juv)
Green Sandpiper

(JD & JDH)

Bicester Wetland Reserve 24th October

1 Cetti's Warbler calling in the reed bed in front of the main hide in windy conditions, since being found on the 9th October has now been present for 16 days.

47 Teal
12 Shoveler
5 Gadwall
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Little Grebe
2 Heron
200 plus Starlings (works)

Key Holder reserve
Alan Peters

Monday, 23 October 2017

Kingston Bagpuize: 23rd October

23rd October

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Swallow: Circled & flew South. 08:34.
2 Hawfinch: Flew South West. 09:04.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Reservoir 23rd October

The two male and one female Common Scoter at Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of Richard Tyler.

Common Scoter 3 (2m) still
Rock Pipit 6 along the east bank of F2 late afternoon (per Dai)

(per D.L)

Deddington 23rd October

Hawfinch c15 in flight heading west between Aynho and Deddington on the Deddington Road/College Farm c09:28 (per Nick Truby) 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Baulking Pit: 22nd Oct

Ring Ouzel (m - flight call had me flummoxed until I located the bird!)

C.4000 gulls in the roost, mainly LB-B but YL, GB-B, Herring, Common and B-H all present.
Second year male Hen  Harrier Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Derek Latham

Courtesy of Derek Latham

Courtesy of Derek Latham

Port Meadow: 22nd October

Port Meadow
Probable 100 Barnacle Goose: Very distant in flight but what was almost certainly the feral Cat C flock from Farmoor that appeared to land in fields north of the ring-road. 10:30.

Adam Hartley

Rushy Common: 22nd October

Ashford Bridge
26 Skylark: Not been in Oxon much last in 6 weeks. Still searching in vain for a 'local' vismig site. These larks all went S between 10am and 10.50 am. Blogging and feeding larks discounted. SU3815.

Ashford Bridge
18 Red Kite: Line of raptors and ravens up together continuously. 18 Red kites, 5 buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk 3 ravens. SU3815.

Rushy Common
Peregrine: juv. flew low west.

Mick Cunningham

Radley 22nd October

Female Stonechat courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Stonechat 7 on the Lower Radley fields near the boathouse (per Eddie McLaughlin)

Male Stonechat courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Standlake: 22nd October

10 Egyptian Goose: on 3Ts pit.
2 Red-crested Pochard: pair. on Pit 28.
Peregrine: on pylon by Pit 38.
Cetti's Warbler: singing at Pit 60.

Ian Elkins

Lark Hill 22nd October

Brambling over
Stonechat pair
c35 Corn Bunting
Sparrowhawk (m)
Barn Owl

Over Norton: 22nd October

Over Norton
Peregrine: fem.

Ian Hobday

Otmoor RSPB 22nd October

Short-eared Owl (apparently also seen yesterday)
Hen Harrier 2 (2ndy m, ringtail)
Bittern 2
Stonechat 10
Marsh Tit 2

(per George Best, Bark et al)

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd October

Cat C Barnacle Geese courtesy of Tezzer

Late Little-ringed Plover courtesy of Dai

Common Scoter 3 F2 off causeway
Little-ringed Plover (juv)
Barnacle Geese c100 again in
field S/W of F2

(per Dai) 09:15

Barnacle Geese courtesy of Tezzer

Sandford-on-Thames: 22nd October

2 Raven

D Moden

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 21st October

Common Scoter 3 F2 off western end of the causeway 12:20
Barnacle Geese 101 in field S/W of F2 and are presumably part of the Cat C population.
Shelduck 3
Rock Pipit 2

(per Andy Last)

Rock Pipit courtesy of Andy Last.

Radley GPs 21st October

Wigeon 6
Gadwall 4
Water Rail 2
Kingfisher 2

(per Eddie McLaughlin)

Returning Wigeon with Coot courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Chipping Norton: 19th October

Chipping Norton
Peregrine: SP303252.

Steve Akers

Foxholes BBOWT 21st October

Marsh Tit 8
Treecreeper 1

Cholsey 21st October

No further sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler at Whitehead Meadow by 14:00.

A329 near Moulsford: 21st October

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: With the Chaffinches, very unexpected. Fem or 1st winter, too brief a view to be precise and, at 12:05, not returned. SU5985. 11:55.

Mike Amphlett

Friday, 20 October 2017

Farmoor: October 20th - Evening

3 Common Scoter - still present at dusk on F2 western end of causeway
1 Ruff
1 Dunlin
1 Little Ringed Plover (reported)
5+ Rock Pipits


Kingston Bagpuize: 20th October

20th October

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Hawfinch: Flew up from trees behind Hinds Head Pub and flew West. 10:34.
Peregrine: male. Flew fast South. 08:35.

Jed Cleeter

Cholsey 20th October

Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling several times at Whitehead Meadow near Church Road c17:20 but no further sign by 18:00 (per Paul Chandler).

: 20th October

Shenington Airfield
2 Stonechat: Male and female by old airstrip. 30 golden plover and a snipe flew over SW. SP367434. 10:00.

Steve Holliday

Otmoor.A.M. 20th October.

3 Bittern (7 flights)
1 Marsh Harrier
90+ Golden Plover
30 Redwing
1 Marsh Tit.

Farmoor Reservoir 20th October

Common Scoter 3 (2f) still in S/W corner of F2 13:00

No sign of the Great Skua this morning by 10:07.
Short-eared Owl sat along the causeway

(per Dai)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 19th October

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
3 Stonechat: Male and female seen together near path to first screen. Female very agile; catching airborne insects. Further male seen on path to second screen. SP5613.
2 Marsh Harrier: hunting over reed beds. SP5613.

Suzanne Parrott

Farmoor pm

Great Skua still present at dusk on F2

Also 3 common scoter still

Tom, Gavin

Farmoor: October 19th

Great Skua on F2

Farmoor Reservoir - 19th Oct

Great Skua found at west end of Farmoor causeway at 12:50 by Peter Law (record shot).

Still present off western bank of F2 14:37 per DL

3 Common Scoter
2 Rock Pipit

Photo courtesy of DL

Otmoor.A.M. 19th October.

1 Hen Harrier (m)
2 Siskin
2 Kingfisher
1 Coal Tit
1 Swallow (over)
1 Raven (over)
1 Marsh Harrier
40+ Golden Plover.

per:  DD. PG.

Farmoor. 19th. October.

5+  Common Scoter.   Southern end of F2.   (Scattered, not in group)
Grey Plover.  Over.

Per.  G.B.   Dai.
Common Scoter. 3 still present.