|Red-necked Phalarope Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of Tezzer|
September is traditionally a month where we're more likely to get some good birds in the county and thankfully this month did manage to produce some noteworthy sightings. Of course the star bird has to be the wonderful juvenile Red-necked Phalarope that graced the concrete shores of Farmoor from 21st to the 25th.
Red-necked Phalarope Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of Gnome (please view at 1080p)
- Winter 1834 Shotover bird found exhausted
- 30th Sept-1st Oct 1944 Sandford Sewage Works
- 25th June 8th July 1960 female Marsh Baldon ponds
- 27th June 1969 non adult male Stanton Harcourt trapped and ringed
- 17th May 1974 male Farmoor
- 8th June 1974 Farmoor (possibly same bird as above)
- 1st June 1995 juv Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt
- 24th May 2015 Bicester Wetlands Reserve
|Grey Phalarope Grimsbury Reservoir courtesy of Richard Tyler|
|Grey Phalarope Bicester Wetlands Reserve courtesy of Alan Peters|
Kicking off the "good county birds"section we start with a Kittiwake at Farmoor Reservoir 12th.
|Kittiwake Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of The Gun-slinger|
A pale phase Honey Buzzard was seen over Ardington on 16th.
|Juvenile Turtle Dove Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Paul Greenaway|
|Osprey Radley Gravel Pits courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin|
|Osprey Radley Gravel Pits courtesy of John Reynolds|
Osprey at Radley GPs courtesy of Badger please view at 1080p
The male Hen Harrier remained on the Otmoor RSPB reserve throughout changing plumage subtly to the ghost like grey of an adult. A ringtail Hen Harrier was also present briefly on the reserve from the 9th-12th
Away from Otmoor RSPB, Marsh Harriers were seen at Roke on the 6th with two present at Lark Hill
An early Short-eared Owl was seen at Farmoor reservoir on the 6th.
|Caspian Gull Didcot Landfill courtesy of Lew|
|Turnstone courtesy of Dai|
|Green Sandpiper Bicester Wetlands Reserve courtesy of Nick Truby|
|Little Stint Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of Tezzer|
|Scaup Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of John Workman|
An eclipse drake Scaup was a superb find at Farmoor resrvoir on the 21st and remaining until at least the 23rd
|Shag Farmoor Reservoir courtey of Stephen Burch|
|Leucistic House Martin with Sand Martin Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of Jeremy Dexter|
|Norwegian ringed Rock Pipit Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of Jeremy Dexter|
|Female Blue-headed Wagtail Port Meadow courtesy of Gnome|
A Firecrest was seen at Aston Rowant on the 30th.
BBOWT Appeal (Some good news)
A Nikon Coolpix camera was found in the Otmoor Hide on Sunday 8th Oct. It's currently in the Otmoor Reserve office, phone 01865 351163 if it's yours.