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27th March Black Redstart Ewelme...Grey Plover Pit 60...26th March Garganey Chimney Meadows...23rd March Osprey BWR...21st March Osprey Otmoor RSPB...10th March Great Grey Shrike Nettlebed...Ox RSPB 'The Great Bustards of Salisbury Plain' 6th April; OOS "Birds of of Wallacea", 12th April... see Forthcoming Events for more info.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Devil's Punchbowl: 29th March

4 Stonechat
2 Raven

Several singing Corn Bunts and Mipits.

Wheatear on Hackpen Hill

Swallow at Baulking Pit, AM.

Otmoor.A.M. 29th March.

4 Oystercatcher
2 Marsh Harrier
1 Little Egret
10 Golden Plover
5+ Little Grebe
4 Sand Martin
1 Egyptian Goose (Noke Sides)
2 Shelduck
1 Peregrine
1 Raven (over, calling).

Farmoor Reservoir 29th March

Little Gull 14:06
Little-ringed Plover (causeway)
Rock Pipit

(per Ewan)

Aston Rowant NR: 29th March

Linkey Down: 09:30 - 11:00.

No sign of any Ring Ouzel... yet.

15 Lesser Redpoll over
3 singing Chiffchaff

Kingston Bagpuize: 29th March

Kingston Bagpuize
3 Swallow: Flew North early am.

Jed Cleeter

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 28th March

Wheatear courtesy of Derek Latham

















Wheatear (per Derek Latham)
Rock Pipit 09:15.

Colin Morgan

Rushey Common lake, 28th March

From 2pm -4.45 at least

Grey Plover  east shoreline still present at dusk (per Badger)
Great White Egret north west corner
Mediteranean Gull on island opposite hide and trying, unsuccessfully, to involve itself with the Black Headed Gulls
Green Sandpipers 2
Oystercatchers  4
Grey Wagtail 2

Clackers

Distant Grey Plover.

Otmoor 28 March am

Willow Warbler singing briefly in Car park field (per Oz)

Monday, 27 March 2017

Ewelme: 27th March

Black Redstart in private garden.

(Thomas Stevenson)
Grey Partridge near Shippon courtesy of  David Hastings www.birdimages.net/

Port Meadow: 27th March

Port Meadow
5 Redshank
Dunlin
4 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
3 Sand Martin

Adam Hartley

Headington: 26th March

Headington
Ring-necked Parakeet: fem or juv. No evidence of ring round neck, therefore guessed female or juvenile. Green all over but with green turning to blue down tail. Saw it twice in garden on 26th (feeding first on sunflower hearts feeder hanging from tree, and second on peanut feeder), and once on 27th at about 6pm when I heard it near garden and then saw it flying away. SP538074.

Marion Couldrey

Standlake Common: pm 27th March

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Grey Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Oystercatcher 2
(all waders in NE corner)

Great White Egret 2
(along north shore then flew N)

Blackcap, singing male
Chiffchaff 3

(per Peter Law)

Key Holder Reserve

Chiffchaff

Milton Park: 27 March

1 Willow Warbler
2-3 Chiffchaffs
At lunchtime

Stanton St. John: 27th March

Stanton St. John
Siskin: One on feeder today. 10:30.

David Brown

Hinksey Park March 27th (17:45-55)

Marsh Harrier - 1 flew west low over lake and out towards A34. Harassed by Red Kite, continued west over Hinksey Heights Golf Course.

Swallow - 1

Sent from my iPhone
Territorial Great Crested Grebes

At Blenheim Lake

Courtesy of  Derek Lane



Otmoor.A.M. 27th March.

1 Sparrowhawk (m)
2+ Curlew (h)
5+ Oystercatcher
2 Swallow
1 Bittern
1 Marsh Harrier
2 Shelduck
3+ Dunlin.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Otmoor 26th of March



Hen Harrier r/t
Marsh Harrier 4
Peregrine 2
Shelduck 2
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Redshank 30+
Dunlin 6
Water Rail
Raven
Cetti's Warbler 3+
Chiffchaff c4
Sand Martin reported

15+ Grass Snakes basking along the bridleway ditch.

(Badger et al)

















Kingston Bagpuize: 26th March

3 Marsh Harrier on passage this afternoon male 13:45, fem 13:55, fem 17:40.
2 Peregrine: male. Imm male circling at 14:50 & adult male at 15:20.
6 Sparrowhawk: 2 male circled together 12:50 then flew North, Adult Fem hunting high level 14:35, adult male North 17:00, Imm male flew North 17:55 & Imm Fem circled then flew North 19:05.
12 Buzzard: 12+ of which 3 had various primaries missing and 1 missing two thirds of its tail...presumed passage birds and flew North East.
3 Yellow Wagtail: High North East calling.
Raven: Flew North.
2 Swallow: Flew North East.
5 Linnet: Flew North East.

Jed Cleeter

Chimney Meadows: 26th March

Garganey: male. Flushed with 2 Gadwall from ditch near NNR on BBOWT Nature Reserve. Landed on adjacent River Thames where relocated. After 5 minutes returned to same ditch on reserve. No public access to this part of reserve. 11:30.
7 Curlew 11:30.

Colin Williams

Farmoor Reservoir 26th March

Little-ringed Plover above & below courtesy of John Reynolds



















Oystercatcher courtesy of Dai











Little Gull a.m only
Goosander 2 on river
Little-ringed Plover
Dunlin 3
Oystercatcher 3
Rock Pipit
Sand Martin c20
Blackcap 3

(per Dai, John Reynolds, Andy Last, Badger)




Dunlin courtesy of Andy Last



Standlake Pit 60: 26th March

Great White Egret 15:27
Red-crested Pochard 5
Goosander 4 (2m)
Goldeneye 2
Shoveler 41
Little-ringed Plover 2
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 6+
Cetti's Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 4
Blackcap

(per Antony Collieu, Badger)

Key holder reserve.
Linnet Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Andy Last.



Sonning Eye GPs: 26th March

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Oystercatcher: On the rowing course bund. 14:05.

Marek Walford

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Oxfordshire 25th March


Firecrest

Kingston Bagpuize: 25th March

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Sand Martin: Flew low North. 08:00.
2 Raven: Flew North. 08:00.
Chiffchaff: 1st spring singer behind Hinds Head Pub. 08:00.
Willow Warbler: 1st spring singer here behind Hinds Head Pub. 08:00.

Jed Cleeter
Chiffchaff Tackley courtesy of John Reynolds

Standlake Pit 60: 25th March

06:30-08:00
Little Ringed Plover
Peregrine (m)
2 Oystercatcher
2 Goldeneye

Mr & Mrs Goldeneye

Friday, 24 March 2017

Port Meadow: 24th March

Port Meadow

6 Dunlin
5 Redshank
3 Oystercatcher
6 Shelduck

Adam Hartley

: 24th March

Balscote Quarry Reserve
2 Little Ringed Plover: SP3942.

Balscote Quarry Reserve
55 Common Gull: SP3942.

Roger Evans

Standlake Pit 60 :am 24th March

Great White Egret
Little Ringed Plover
2 Raven
2 Oystercatcher (mating)
Little Grebe

Otmoor.A.M. 24th March.

Oystercatchers.





















1 Egyptian Goose
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Shelduck
4 Oystercatcher
7 Curlew.

Kingston Bagpuize: 24th March

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. Drifted low North. 11:30.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor: 23rd March

Otmoor
2 Swallow: My first swallows sighting of the year over the first screen. SP560134. 17:00.
Hen Harrier: SP560134. 17:00.

Carl Gray

Cholsey: 24th March

Cholsey
White Wagtail: + c70 golden plover, some in full summer plumage. SU599879.

Michael Pocock

Farmoor Reservoir 24th March

Little Gull 5
Rock Pipit still along the causeway
Sand Martin 200+

(per Dai)

Kingston Bagpuize: 24th March

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: male. In fast from North then stooped out of sight. 07:35.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Port Meadow: 23rd March

Port Meadow
6 Dunlin
8 Shelduck
2 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Otmoor 23rd March 2017


 

1300-1500hrs

Mixed flock of finches and buntings feeding on the seed by the Wetlands Hide

Reed Bunting 50+
Linnet 40+
Yellowhammer 4
Goldfinch 15+
Chaffinch 10+

Sparrowhawk 1f

Farmoor 23rd March

Redshank 6
Little Gull 1
Rock Pipit 1

Bicester Wetland Reserve: 23rd March

OSPREY Seen with Bill Foley flying North and being mobbed by Corvids. 11:30.
2 Redshank 11:30.

Colin Oram

Possible Osprey flew north over Stanton St John c10:30 (Richard Ebbs)

Otmoor, Thursday 23 March a.m.

2 Marsh Harrier
2 Wheatear
6 Dunlin
5 Snipe
7 Curlew
1 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
2 Little Grebe
1 Water Rail
2 Raven
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Cetti's Warbler
2 Bullfinch
1 Coal Tit
5 Yellowhammer
2 Skylark

Grass Snake along the bridleway
Cetti's Warbler 

Rushey Common lake, 23rd March

Little Ringed Plover  from new screen
Goldeneye 2m 2f
Shelduck
Oystercatchers  4

Clackers

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Kingston Bagpuize: 22nd March

Merlin: fem. Missed a Meadow Pipit, then circled high and continued North on passage.
Merlin: male. 2nd passage bird today...male this time. In quite high from South. Circled for 3 mins really high on thermal then continued North. Exceptional mipit passage of several hundred birds today too. 14:25.

Jed Cleeter
Barn Owl near Tackley courtesy of JR

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd March

Knot - patch mega! - 11:10 to sunset
Redshank - flew north early morning
3 Little Ringed Plover


Ian Rowe and John Friendship-Taylor

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd March

Little Gull 2 on F1 10:25 (per Dai).

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Otmoor. 21st. March.

Osprey courtesy of Christopher Ladds.









OSPREY flew north over the first screen c11:22 and continued (per Paul Jepson et al)

Hen Harrier: From first screen. (With Richard.Alan.and Bert.Berkshire Boys.). 13:07.
3 Redshank

(per Ralph Watts)

Black Tailed Godwit.
Cetti's Warbler.
Oystercatcher.  4.
Golden Plover.  350+
Marsh Harrier.  2.  (m. + f.)
Wheatear.  (m.)
Curlew.  10.
Little Egret.
Chiffchaff.  10+
Peregrine.
Dunlin.
Shelduck.  2.
Per.  P.G.  T.S.



Cetti's Warbler.

Chiffchaff.

Port Meadow 21st March P.M

Shelduck 4
Goosander 3 (r/h) on Thames
Oystercatcher
Chiffchaff 2

(per Tommaso Pizzari)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Otmoor 19th March

1pm - 4pm

Hen Harrier 1
Wheatear 1m (Noke sides towards 2nd screen)
6 Curlew
1 Dunlin with Golden Plover flock
2 Shelduck - Noke sides
2 Oystercatcher
Marsh Harrier 2
Peregrine 1+ (seen hunting over Greenaways, first screen & Big Otmoor)

(per Andy Last & Tezzer)







Rushy Common 19th March

Shelduck 2
Goldeneye 2
Common Gull 4
Green Sandpiper 2
Oystercatcher 2

Port Meadow: 19th March

Port Meadow
4 Shelduck
8 Black-tailed Godwit
3 Oystercatcher
Redshank
2 Ringed Plover
2 Sand Martin

Ian Elkins

Standlake Pit 60 19th March

Great White Egret
Little-Ringed Plover
Oystercatcher 2
Redshank
Goldeneye
Chiffchaff 3
Cetti's Warbler

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Ardington 18th March

2 Peregrine: pair. Arrived from NE; male left to hunt over Ardington, while female sat in field north of A417. SU4388.

Leo Bateman

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower: 18th March

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower
2 Corn Bunting

Colin Vickers

Otmoor RSPB 18th March



Rough clips of the ringtail this afternoon.

Hen Harrier courtesy of Andy Last

















Hen Harrier r/t
Marsh Harrier
Shelduck 4
Pintail c20

Black-tailed Godwit courtesy of Luke O'Byrne



















Black-tailed Godwit 8-10 (per Luke O'Byrne)
Dunlin 7
Oystercatcher 2+

Wheatear by Badger


Wheatear (m) Lower Farm
Chiffchaff 2+
Cetti's Warbler 4+

(Badger, Andy Last)


Ring-tailed Hen Harrier courtesy of Andy Last

Radley GP: 18th March

Radley GP
3 Oystercatcher: at Thrupp Lake.
Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtail: pair. at Thrupp Lake.
4 Sand Martin

Ian Elkins

Rushey Common 18th March

Mediterranean Gull (ad) flew through (the wickster)
Peregrine
2 Goldeneye 1m 1f

Farmoor 18th March


c20 sand Martin

Grimsbury Reservoir: 18th March

3 Little Ringed Plovers

GB and JFT

: 18th March

Shenington Airfield
2 Wheatear: male, fem. SP369431.

Steve Holliday

Grimsbury Reservoir 17th March

Little-Ringed Plover 2
Sand Martin
Chiffchaff 3
Marsh Tit

(JFT)

Friday, 17 March 2017

Standlake Pit 60: 17th March

Little Ringed Plover



















2 Little Ringed Plover
4 Oystercatcher
3 Sand Martin
2 Sparrowhawk
Egyptian Goose
Redshank
Goosander
2 Goldeneye
Little Grebe
Goldcrest nest building
+6 Chiffchaff singing

Jeremy Dexter & Jim Hutchins

Otmoor P.M. 17th March


Hen Harrier
Marsh Harrier's
Water Rail
Cetti's Warbler 5+
Curlew
Peregrine
Little Egret
Oystercatcher
Pintail
Shelduck
Sparrowhawk
Coal Tit
Sand Martin's (reported)

Farmoor Reservoir 17th March

Little Gull 2
Little Egret 1
Rock Pipit 1
Sand Martin 50+

Otmoor.A.M. 17th March.

1 Coal Tit
2 Marsh Harrier (m&f)
3 Curlew
2 Wheatear (Noke end)
1 Dunlin.

per OUP.  PG.

Port Meadow: 17th March

Port Meadow
8 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Ringed Plover
2 Little Ringed Plover
2 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck

Adam Hartley
Shoveler at Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Derek Latham

Otmoor: 17th March


Mediterranean gull- heard calling over Big Otmoor at 07:45
Hen harrier- ringtail hunting over the reedbed at 08:15, then flew over to Flood

15th March
Jack snipe- 1 flushed from footdrain on Greenaways
Bittern- 1 feeding in northern ditch on Greenaways then flew into reeds in centre of the field

Otmoor WeBS: 13th March

Black-tailed godwit- 7
Black-headed gull- 49
Canada goose- 483
Coot- 149
Cormorant- 6
Curlew- 6
Dunlin- 6
Gadwall- 17
Golden plover- 1130
Great crested grebe- 1
Grey heron- 18
Greylag goose- 328
Lapwing- 312
Little egret- 3
Mallard- 61
Moorhen- 1
Mute swan- 34
Oystercatcher- 4
Pintail- 32
Pochard- 2
Redshank- 46
Shelduck- 4
Shoveler- 122
Snipe- 17
Teal- 242
Tufted duck- 48
Water rail- 4
Wigeon- 2135

Buzzard- 1
Kestrel- 2
Marsh harrier- 2
Peregrine- 1
Red kite- 2


Kingston Bagpuize: 17th March

Kingston Bagpuize
Sand Martin: Flew low North early am.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Grimsbury Reservoir: 16th March

Little Ringed Plover (possibly 2 at dusk)
5 Sand Martins (2 in evening)



per John Friendship-Taylor

Upper Heyford: 16th March

Upper Heyford
250 Golden Plover: in large cereal field alongside road approaching old Upper Heyford air base from B4030.

Bob Pomfret

Otmoor Thursday 16 March

1 Hen Harrier
2 Marsh Harrier
1 Little Egret
2 Curlew
2 Shelduck
2 Water Rail
2 Little Grebe
4 Cetti's Warbler
Displaying Great Crested Grebes at Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of John Workman

Farmoor Reservoir 16th March

Little Gull (Adult)
Rock Pipit still mid afternoon

(per RBA)

Chinnor: Cement Works: 16th March

Chinnor: Cement Works
Oystercatcher: Feeding along the Eastern bank of lake2b.

David Stracey
Kestrel at Radley courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin.