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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Didcot Landfill: 31st January

 1st winter Caspian Gull.

Bicester 31st January

Sparrowhawk again in garden. Probably the same bird from last week. House sparrow population remaining stable!

Northmoor: 31st January

15 Hawfinch: count is approximate as flock quite mobile at times.

Mick Cunningham

Wooton 31st January

Hawfinch 11 in tree at the west of the village above the valley 10:55

(per Dave Doherty)

Woodstock 31st January

Great White Egret again at Glyme Water Meadows in Woodstock.

(per Dave Doherty)

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

30th January North Oxon

Little owl
c8 Hawfinch, Alkerton
Lesser redpoll

Old Caley's Diary

Ardington 30th January

Hawfinch 11+ this afternoon around churchyard and trees bordering Ardington House entrance

Northmoor: Northmoor Churchyard: 30th January

Northmoor: Northmoor Churchyard
6 Hawfinch 09:00.

Ton Yeh

Otmoor rspb. 30th. January.

Marsh Harrier.

3. Marsh Harrier.
4. Stonechat.
2. Raven.
Male Hen Harrier.  (2nd. winter)
Water Rail.
Cetti's Warbler.

Per.  P.G.  T.S.

Goldfinch Kennington courtesy of Mark Chivers.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Otmoor: 28th January

Hen Harrier

Mike Prentice

Yelford: 28th January

Caspian Gull: ad. In field at Yelford lesser black back and herring gulls. Flushed by walker before I could manoeuvre car to phonescope. Once again 500 large gulls in inaccessible fields beyond Lew junction.

Mick Cunningham

Baulking Pit: 28th January

Great Grey Shrike

Near impossible conditions for the chaotic Gull roost, nothing of particular note picked out but small numbers of YL Gull present as usual.

Dix Pit 2pm Jan 28th

Scaup - 1 female

Sent from my iPhone

: 28th January

10 Hawfinch: SU433883. 11:00.

Leo Bateman

Ardley: Ardley Field Quarry: 28th January

Ardley: Ardley Field Quarry
Green Sandpiper: On works pool. SP5425.

Michael Lewis

Henley Road GPs - 28th January

0800 - 1130 hrs

No sign of Smew (rh) or Red-necked Grebe on Henley Road GPs.

George Best

A329 near Moulsford: 28th January

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Fem, under feeders, with Chaffinches. SU5985. 11:45.

Mike Amphlett

Northmoor: 28th January

19 Hawfinch: In trees around churchyard.

Mike Prentice

Saturday, 27 January 2018

A329 near Moulsford: 27th January

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: A 'pale' fem under feeders, prob same bird as prev... just the horrible light!. SU5985. 09:15.

Mike Amphlett

Yelford: 27th January

Caspian Gull, 2nd/w
YL Gull, ad/w
Golden Plover 30

Didcot Landfill: 27th January

Caspian Gull 3 - Two 1st winters and a 2nd winter (plus two hybrid 2nd winters, one colour-ringed yellow).
Yellow-legged Gull  8

Cote: 27th January

25 Snipe: Feeding in the muddy 'gull field' near Cote Lodge Farm. Snipe easily overlooked and none 'bouncing' unfortunately. Where's all the Juncus round here? ! Gull numbers much reduced but assume SNTwill post his numbers.

Mick Cunningham

Northmoor Churchyard

Hawfinch at Northmoor Churchyard this week courtesy of George Reszeter.

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 27th January

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Stonechat: SP3942.
Siskin: On feeders. SP3942.

Roger Evans

Sonning Eye: 27th January

5 Black-necked Grebe still present this morning, viewed from sailing club

Little Grebe Tackley courtesy of JR.

Fyfield Wick: 27th January

Fyfield Wick
Hawfinch: Flew Sw from top of Poplar tree. 13:02.

Jed Cleeter

Henley Road GPs: 27th January

Henley Road GPs
Smew: rh. On the pit on the right of the marina access road, on the left side of the spot. 11:10.

Marek Walford

: 27th January

14 Hawfinch: SU433883. 10:00.

Leo Bateman

Friday, 26 January 2018

Farmoor Roost - 26th January

First winter Caspian Gull in a reasonably large but extremely agitated gull roost this evening. 

Henley Rd GPs 26th January

No sign of the Red-necked Grebe today (Anon).

Sonning Eye 26th January

Black-necked Grebe 5 still present c12:00 viewable from the sailing club (Anon).

DixPit, 26th January

Egyptian Geese 3
Goosander m
Goldeneye f
good numbers of Pochard, Red Crested Pochard and Shoveller

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Otmoor RSPB 26th January

Hawfinch in Morleys again c10:10 (Per Bark et al)

Kingston Bagpuize: 26th January

Kingston Bagpuize
Hawfinch: Flew South. 09:00.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Kingston Bagpuize: 25th January

Kingston Bagpuize
Brambling: male. At least one with linnets & chaffinches.

Anthony Cheke

Sonning Eye GP 25th January

Five Black-necked Grebe

Henley Road GP 25th January

Red-necked Grebe

Colwell Drive, Witney, 25th January

Male Blackcap has now joined long staying female on apples in my small garden.


Yelford 25th January

Iceland Gull (imm) in fields at Yelford mid afternoon (per Nic Hallam, Mick Cunningham).

Otmoor. 25th. January.

2. Bittern.
4. Marsh Harrier.
Marsh Tit.

Per.  P.G.  T.S.


Otmoor: 25th January

Merlin: Flew over Noke farm.

Thomas Miller

Sonning Eye GPs: 25th January

Sonning Eye GPs
5 Black-necked Grebe 10:00.

Hugh Netley

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Yelford: 24th January

Caspian Gull: 2w/3cy. resting with 10s of LBBs and 100s of back-headed gulls in wet field- on Yelford to Cote RD (actually nearer Cote). In same flock was 1 adult yellow legged gull, two 1w yellow legged gull. 7 herring gulls - at least one a adult argentatus The Caspian's head pattern, bill shape ad pattern ad mantle ad covert pattern made me think it was the bird from the Port Meadow roost.

Mick Cunningham

: 3rd January

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Fem foraging under feeders, with Chaffinches. SU5985. 12:55.

Henley Road GPs 24th January

Red-necked Grebe still present on 1st fishing pit on left of access road to the marina 11:00 (per Tom Bedford).

Bicester Wetland Reserve 24th January

Very strong wind but ducks out on open water

217 Teal
17 Gadwall
11 Shoveler
3 Heron
1 Little Egret
2 Little Grebe
1 Green Sandpiper

Key Holder reserve
Alan Peters

Radley Large Wood: 24th January

Radley Large Wood
Brambling: f. on feeders with greenfinch.

John Hillsdon

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Port Meadow 23rd January

Caspian Gull 2ndw this afternoon on the Meadow video courtesy of Gnome.

Port Meadow Birding

Standlake Pit 60: 23rd January

Standlake Pit 60
300 Teal: 2 - 15 pm to 4 30pm For once, many on the open water with a lot of display but no sign of the American cousin. Still many hidden in reeds though.
24 Pintail: 15 male 9 fem. significant reduction - 6 flew in at dusk.
19 Shoveler
12 Goosander

Mick Cunningham

Sparsholt: Ridgeway: 22nd January

Sparsholt: Ridgeway
Stonechat: Along fence line with sheep in field on brow of hill just down from Ridgeway near No Entry sign - very active male - apologies for late posting. 15:45.

Steve Akers

Sonning Eye GPs 23rd January

Black-necked Grebe 5 still on main lake viewable from the sailing club 14:20
but no sign of the redhead Smew.

(per Brian Wyatt)

Otmoor RSPB 23rd January

Ruff flew over 1st screen and landed on Big Otmoor
Marsh Harrier 2

(Per Phil Barnett)

Henley Rd GPs 23rd January

Red-necked Grebe still present in small fishing pit 12:00 unfortunately the bird has an injury to its neck (per Justin Taylor).

Postcode for the nearby Garden Centre is RG4 9RD

Sydlings Copse 23rd January

Hawfinch in hedge then flew towards Sydlings Copse this morning.
Then 2 c13:40 Sydlings Copse area possibly feeding in the using maize strip.

(Per Phil Barnett)

Headington 23rd January

Hawfinch on top of tall lime tree at the reservoir on Headington Hill (Per Dave Doherty).

Monday, 22 January 2018

Port Meadow 22nd January

2w Caspian Gull in the roost this evening

per Thomas Miller

Photo courtesy of Thomas Miller

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 22nd January

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Stonechat: SP3942.
17 Teal: SP3942.

Roger Evans

Henley Road GPs: 22nd January

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe courtesy of David Hampton.

Red-necked Grebe: Still at far end of pit till I left at 15:15 he likes the far end of pit very active diving (per Ralph Watts)

Smew: f. Redhead. Tight under trees in lake on rhs of access road. Seen with RM, GE and RD,. 12:00.
2 Goosander: f. Redheads on jet ski lake. 12:00.

(per David Hampton)

Courtesy of Badger

M40 Junction 10: 22nd January

M40 Junction 10
Merlin: male. In full on hunting mode across the motorway into a sharp climb then dropped, probably locked onto prey. 16:05.

Jed Cleeter

Northmoor: Northmoor Churchyard: 22nd January

Hawfinch courtesy of John Workman.

Northmoor Churchyard
3 Hawfinch: m f. At least three Hawfinches occasionally sitting still for a change between 10am and 11am, together with three or four Goldcrests allowing close views. 10:30.

Dave Higginson

Chinnor: Cement Works: 22nd January

Chinnor: Cement Works
Hawfinch: briefly in trees east of fishing lake before flying SW.

David Stracey

: 22nd January

5 Hawfinch: Minimum. Seem to prefer this area (same as 20th) nowadays. SU433883. 12:45.

Leo Bateman

Lew: 22nd January

800 Lesser Black-backed Gull: In flooded fields south of Lew. Unfortunately all distant in haze in inaccessible fields only viewable from main road too dangerous to stop. 200 between Lew and Yelford contained 5 Herring and 3 Yellow Legged Gull. Also in Lew area 3.5 k lapwings and c850 golden plover.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor. 22nd. January.

3. Stonechat.
3. Marsh Harrier.  (1.m.  1.f.  1 imm.  )
Hen Harrier.  (2nd. winter m.)
4. Skylark.  (singing).

Per.  P.G.  T.S.  et al.



Kingston Bagpuize: 22nd January

Kingston Bagpuize
Hawfinch: Flew North. 08:04.

Jed Cleeter

Standlake Pit 60: am 22nd January

9 Goosander
6 Goldeneye

R. Thames near Kennington Bridge: 22nd Jan

Siskin    mobile flock c30 in Alders between ring road and Kennington 

Port Meadow: 22nd January

Port Meadow WeBS Survey

Redshank 3
Shelduck 2
Pintail 47
Goosander 2

Mallard 156
Moorhen 3
Greylag Goose 430
Canada Goose 17
Cormorant 3
Black-headed Gull 41
Lesser Black-backed Gull 14
Lapwing 231
Mute Swan 7
Great Crested Grebe 2
Teal 979
Wigeon 460

Adam Hartley

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Otmoor 21st January

Hawfinch reported again In Morleys (per RBA).

A329 near Moulsford: 21st January

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Fem present, foraging under feeders with the usual C'finches, H Sparrows, Goldfinches - several appearances during morning. SU5985. 10:30.

Mike Amphlett

Chipping Norton: 21st January

Chipping Norton
Blackcap: f. constantly present - appears to have taken up residence for the winter. 14:00.

Steve Akers

Aston: 21st January


Sonning Eye GPs: 21st January

21st January

Sonning Eye GPs
Smew: rh. 15:20.
5 Black-necked Grebe 15:00.

Marek Walford

Henley Road GPs: 21st January

Henley Road GPs
Red-necked Grebe 13:15.

Marek Walford

Bicester 21st January

The snow brought a lot of extra small birds into the garden this morning. They were followed by this smart female sparrowhawk. Left empty taloned though!

Sonning Eye GPs - 21st January

0905 hrs

5 Black-necked Grebes (all together opposite Sailing Club)
6 Pochard
3 Goosander (f)

George Best

North Oxfordshire 21st January

2 barn owls hunting together in same rough field 07:30-45

Henley Road GPs - 21st January

0815 hrs

1 Red-necked Grebe in centre of lake (first lake on left) swimming with Tufted Duck towards west end.

George Best

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Baulking Pit. 20th January

Probable juv Kumlien's Gull - This dusky bird came in at 4.25pm. Presumably one of Mark's bird from last night. Dark centred outer primaries looked ok. I guess it's not the Yelford bird but couldn't rule it out - a couple of features matched. It looked similar in flight.
Yellow-legged Gull - 4
Goosander - 1

Ardington & Lockinge 20th January

Hawfinches - 8+ Ardington, on right hand side of lane beginning at the “No Horses and Ponies” tunnel, approx SU433883
5 Lockinge Church

Northmoor 20th January

Hawfinch c5 still in the churchyard this morning (per Luke O'Byrne)

Sonning Eye GPs: 20th January

3 of the 5 courtesy of Badger.

5 Black-necked Grebe 14:10.
Goosander: rh.
Ring-necked Parakeet

(Marek Walford, Badger)

Sarsgrove: 20th January

2 Raven 10:30.
250 Fieldfare: At least 250 possibly more feeding in second field where footpath to Churchill leads down to edge of Sarsgrove Wood - a few Goldfinches and Redwing in with them. 10:30.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: 20th January

Chipping Norton
2 Lesser Redpoll: 1m; 1f. on feeders in garden. 12:00.
Blackcap: f. 12:00.

Steve Akers

Henley Road GPs 20th January

Red-necked Grebe still on small fishing pit to
left of the marina road c30 yds from the main road, accessed through small wooden gate 10:10.
Bird unfortunately appears to be injured.

Standlake Pit 60 January 20th

Long-tailed Tit from the Langley Lane hide courtesy of Stephen Burch.


No sign of Green-Winged Teal again,  c300 Teal

Great White Egret
c20 Pintail
Goosander 10 mostly males (per Stephen Burch)

Great White Egret courtesy of Andy Last.

Otmoor Saturday 20th Jan. am.

Hawfinch  carpark field. (two observers)
2nd Winter Hen Harrier over reedbed

Woodstock: Glyme valley: 20th January

Woodstock: Glyme valley
Great White Egret: Still on the Water Meadows close to the Black Prince pub.

Bob Pomfret

Oxford: 20th January

Peregrine: On south face of Magdalen tower.

Thomas Miller

Sonning Eye GPS 20th January

Black-necked Grebe 3 still on main lake viewable from the sailing club 11:00.

Blenheim Lake 20th January

5 Shoveler
55 Tufted Duck
11 Little Grebe
140 Teal
47 Teal
5 Shoveler
18 Grey Heron
7 Little Egret
2 Kingfisher

Bob Pomfret

A329 near Moulsford: 20th January

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Female, so a different bird from other sightings - amongst 12+ Chaffinches. SU5985. 14:45.

Mike Amphlett

Newbridge: 20th January

Barn Owl: Sitting on fence post opposite Maybush Pub, looking thoroughly miserable. 09:30.

Jed Cleeter

Baulking Pit: 19th January

2 Juvenile Iceland-type Gulls - Neither appeared to be the recent Kumlien's but harsh light and strong crosswinds made for very difficult viewing conditions.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Banbury: Hanwell Fields: 19th January

Banbury: Hanwell Fields
2 Blackcap: f. 2 females in garden. 10:30.

Mark Ribbons

Ardington / Lockinge 19th January

3+ Hawfinch still at both Lockinge Church and Ardington this lunchtime

Farmoor Reservoir 19th January

Scaup (f) 15:00 (per Ralph Watts)

Otmoor 19th January

2 Marsh Harrier: m/f

10:10 (per Ralph Watts)

Henley Road GPs: 19th January

Henley Road GPs
Red-necked Grebe: On the first pit on the left of the access road off Henley Road. 16:55.

Marek Walford

Shotover: Shotover House: 19th January

Shotover: Shotover House
Raven: bottom of the Avenue, near folly.

Anthony Cheke

North Oxfordshire 19th January

Barn owl 07:30

Standlake Pit 60: am 19th Jan

Marsh Harrier
4 Goldeneye

Northmoor Church 19th January

Hawfinch 7 in conifers 13:45 then flew south
(Per Ian Smith).

Henley Road GPs 19th January

Red-necked Grebe still present in small fishing pit accessed through small gate on left hand side off main road to the marina.

(Per Brian Wyatt)

Sonning Eye GPS 19th January

Black-necked Grebe 5 still present this morning (Per Brian Wyatt).

Witney 19th January

Hawfinch 2 in garden of Valence Crescent 08:46 (Per Dave Doherty).

Oxford 19th January

Magdalen College
Peregrine: Sitting on gargoyle eating a pigeon at 8.40.

(per Thomas Miller)

Peregrine circling over Magdalen tower c08:10 (per Paul Jepson)

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Chipping Norton: 18th January

Chipping Norton
37 Golden Plover: still present in largest field W of CN - very active. 09:30.

Steve Akers

Henley Road GPs: 18th January

Henley Road GPs
Red-necked Grebe: 1st winter. 13:00.

Hugh Netley

Sonning Eye GPs: 18th January

Sonning Eye GPs
5 Black-necked Grebe 10:00.
Goosander: red head. 10:00.

Hugh Netley

Northmoor 18th January


20+Hawfinch though elusive

Farmoor Reservoir 18th January

Caspian Gull 1stw within roost c16:50 (per Mick Cunningham).

University Parks: River Cherwell: 18th January

18th January

University Parks: River Cherwell
Goosander: 14:10 near rollers. 14:10.

University Parks
Hawfinch: Tallest tree by Lady Margaret Hall gate. 14:30.

Hugh Wiggins

Henley Road GPs: 18th January

Henley Road GPs
Red-necked Grebe: First pits on left side .down to 150 yards. 30 yards from main road With G.E .A.A. And A.B.T. Cracking Bird. 14:40.

Ralph Watts

Henley Road GPs 18th January

Red-necked Grebe on small fishing pit.
Access from road to marina through small gate on left
approximately 30 yards from main road 13:10
(per Hugh Netley).

Standlake Pit 60: am 18th Jan

Still no sign of Green Winged Teal
11 Egyptian Goose
2 Goldeneye

Sonning Eye GP 18th January

Black-necked Grebe 5 Sonning Eye GP 10:20 (per Hugh Netley).

: 18th January

3 Hawfinch: Minimum, in usual area. SU431884. 08:30.

Leo Bateman

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Chipping Norton: 17th January

Chipping Norton
40 Golden Plover: crouched low in dip/fold of their favoured field W of CN. 09:00.

Steve Akers

Port Meadow 17th January

ICELAND GULL (imm) 16:00

3 Yellow-legged Gulls, all adults
500 Golden Plover
20 Barnacle Geese,
1 Redshank,
and a few Goosander & Pintal

North Oxfordshire 17th January

Little Owl ; private location, very lucky to be working close by!

Old Caley's Diary

Farmoor Reservoir - 17th January

The juvenile Iceland Gull at Farmoor mid afternoon. Then flew off over Wytham Woods at 15.20.

Oxford: 17th January

Peregrine: overhead Magdalen Rd, East Oxford. 16:35.

Anthony Cheke

Port Meadow: 16th January

Port Meadow

Anthony Cheke

Lockinge: 17th January

2 Hawfinch: Probably more; behind church. 12:30.

Leo Bateman

Otmoor Redpoll

Courtesy of Felix Bird

Standlake Pit 60 17th January

No sign of the GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Pit 60 by 13:30 (per Phil Barnett et al)

Key holder reserve.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Chipping Norton: 16th January

Chipping Norton
5 Golden Plover: small group in centre of favoured large field W of CN. 09:30.

Steve Akers

Port Meadow: 16th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w bird again in the roost.

Thomas Miller

East Hendred 16th January

Featherbed Lane
10 Hawfinch: 10+ sitting in the row of tall trees. SU467899. 12:45.

Michael Violette

Forest Hill 16th January

10+ Hawfinch in trees half way up Church Hill

Northmoor Church. 16th. January.

Hawfinch flock still present in churchyard and surrounding area.