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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Port Meadow: 31st May

In the evening:

13 Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin
2 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Otmoor.A.M. 31st May.

1 Bittern (short flight)
1 Barn Owl (reedbeds, C.9:30 a.m.)
2 Marsh Harrier (2 food passes)
1 Oystercatcher (over).

Port Meadow 31st May

No sign of Red-Necked Phalarope

13 Ringed Plover
4 Sanderling
2 Dunlin
4 Little Egret
1 Oystercatcher.


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Farmoor Turnstone 30th May

Courtesy of John Workman

Port Meadow: 30th May

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, adult summer plumage bird (probably female) on the north end of the floods this evening.

Video courtesy of Gnome

2 Greenshank
2 Redshank
4 Sanderling
3 Dunlin
23 Ringed Plover
3 Oystercatcher
4 Shelduck

Adam Hartley

Grimsbury Reservoir 30th May

Sanderling along western shore 17:37 (per JFT).

Otmoor. 30th. May.

Black Tern, found by Paul Greenaway from the second screen.  Present until approx. 11.45am., then lost to view.
Black Tern.
3. Cuckoo.
2. Marsh Harrier.
2. Hobby.

Per  P.G.  T.S.

Otmoor rspb 30th May

Black Tern from 2nd screen 10:40 (per Paul Greenaway)

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Port Meadow: 29th May

Port Meadow
7 Ringed Plover
6 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Otmoor.A.M. 29th May.

1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling in Moorleys)
1 Oystercatcher
1 Marsh Harrier
1 Garganey (M reported on Greenaways).

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 29th May

29th May

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
Sanderling: Swifts,Swallows and House Martins over F1. 10:30.

Stephen Lockey

Monday, 28 May 2018

Otmoor. Evening. 28th. May.

Bittern.  Closes.

3. Cuckoo.
2. Raven.
Snipe, drumming.

Appleford New Workings 28th May

Ringed Plover c8
Little-ringed Plover 4+
Little Egret

Standlake Pit60 28th

3 cuckoo

Otmoor Lapwing

Courtesy of John Workman

Rushey Common 28th

Lesser Whitethroat
Garden warbler
4+ Oystercatcher
Ringed plover (h)
Black Swan
Red Kite Radley courtesy of Mark Chivers.

Stratfield Brake 28th of May

Cetti's Warblers
Garden Warbler
Assortment of other Warblers

Egyptian Geese Sutton Courtenay.

Sonning Eye GPs: 28th May

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Mandarin Duck: m+f. 11:50.

Marek Walford

: 28th May

2 Spotted Flycatcher: Pair. SU4388. 10:00.

Leo Bateman

Whitecross Green Wood: 27th May

Whitecross Green Wood
Cuckoo: Heard calling VERY distantly-probably on the edge of Otmoor!

Phil Tizzard

Sunday, 27 May 2018

: 27th May

Bicester: Graven Hill
2 Oystercatcher: Flew in briefly. SP585213.

Jon Holt

Garsington: 27th May

Cuckoo: h/o. 20:32.

Peter Law

Appleford New Workings 27th May

Sanderling 3
Egyptian Goose 2

Rushey Lock: 27 May pm

1 Cuckoo
1+ Curlew

Farmoor Reservoir: 27th May

Farmoor Reservoir
Turnstone 08:00.
Spotted Flycatcher: Other side of Thames. 08:00.

Mike Youngman

Farmoor 27th May; Wader photos



Sanderling (different bird from yesterday evening)

Otmoor: 27th May

Black-tailed Godwit: on Big Otmoor 07:00.

Farmoor Reservoir
2 Sanderling: on the causeway 12:00.

Ian Elkins

Stanton St. John: 27th May

Stanton St. John
Cuckoo: One calling in Holly Wood. 12:35.

David Brown

Farmoor Reservoir 27th May


(per Nick Truby)

Otmoor rspb 27th May

Marsh Harrier 2
Little Egret 3
Cuckoo 5 inc 1 hepatic

(per Bark, Paul Greenaway)

Saturday, 26 May 2018

: 26th May

Bicester: Graven Hill
Ringed Plover: male. SP585213.

Bicester: Graven Hill
Hobby: SP585213.

Jon Holt

: 26th May

Bicester: Graven Hill
Grasshopper Warbler: SP585213.

Jon Holt

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 26th May

BWR 09:30-10:30

Swift c50
House Martin c200

(Nick Truby)

Otmoor 26th May

Hobby courtesy of Noman Smith


Turtle dove
Cuckoo 3
Hobby 5
Marsh Harrier
Oystercatcher 4

Courtesy of Norman Smith

Shifford: 25th May

Yellow Wagtail: m. On wet area in field old Shifford road.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor 26th May

Farmoor 11-13:00


Swift c100

Old Caley's Diary

Sonning Eye GPs: 26th May

Sonning Eye GPs
Turnstone: Sat on one of the rowing course lane buoys in the middle of the lake! 11:20.

Marek Walford

Farmoor Reservoir: 26th May

Farmoor Reservoir
Goosander: drk. in NE corner of F2 briefly at 08:10.
Red-crested Pochard: fem. on F2.
4 Egyptian Goose: on causeway.
Oystercatcher: on causeway.
Great Black-backed Gull: imm.

Ian Elkins

Grimsbury Reservoir: 26th May

Grimsbury Reservoir
Spotted Flycatcher

Gareth Blockley

Standlake Pit 60: 26th May

Standlake Pit 60
Whimbrel: Flew SSE calling at c 9 30 am after a brief shower. Otherwise very quiet 7 am to 9 30 with singles of cuckoo common tern LRP common sand and a swift.

Mick Cunningham

Friday, 25 May 2018

May 25th. Farmoor

Very quiet this afternoon

Cuckoo 2
Common Tern 3

Grey wagtail at Wroxton this morning
Old Caley's Diary

Henley-on-Thames: 25th May

Hobby: Viewed from river Thames opposite side of river from upper Thames rowing club very active catching mayflys . SU768846. 15:30.

Ralph Watts

Appleford New Workings 25th May

Turnstone 2
Ringed Plover c18
Little-ringed Plover 10+
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing c6
Common Sandpiper 2
Wigeon (m)
Egyptian Goose 2
Barn Owl
Common Tern 3
Sand Martin 20+

(Badger, Mike)

Port Meadow: 25th May

Port Meadow
10 Ringed Plover
2 Oystercatcher
4 Gadwall
4 Little Egret

Adam Hartley

Standlake Pit 60:am 25th May

2 Common Sandpiper
3 Oystercatcher
2 Egyptian Goose
Common Sandpiper

Sonning Eye GPs: 25th May

Sonning Eye GPs
4 Mandarin Duck: fem+3juv. 09:40.

Marek Walford

Otmoor 24th May

2 Turnstone on Ashgrave.
Drake Garganey still in the center of Big Otmoor.

Grimsbury Reservoir 25th May

Black Tern 2 11:42 (Per JFT)
4 at 07:30 (per RBA)

Sanderling 3
Little-ringed Plover 2

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Port Meadow: 24th May

Port Meadow
Common Sandpiper
5 Gadwall
8 Little Egret

Adam Hartley

Black Terns - Farmoor

25 birds present all afternoon on F.2..

Farmoor Reservoir 24th May

Black Terns courtesy of John Workman.

Black Tern 20+ over F2 13:30 (Per Dai, Ewan et al)
Greenshank 3
Ringed Plover
Red-crested Pochard 3

Sparrowhawk above & below courtesy of Dai.

Ringed Plover courtesy of Ewan.

Sonning Eye GPs: 24th May

Sonning Eye GPs
Black Tern: s/p. 12:15.
15 Common Tern 12:15.

Marek Walford

Appleford new workings 24th May

Distant Knot

Sanderling 8
Turnstone c6
Ringed Plover c10
Little-ringed Plover 4+
Knot (sum plum)
Oystercatcher 2

No access to site but viewable distantly from the footpath.
Park adjacent to the metal gates on the the bend and follow the footpath
(towards Appleford) adjacent to the hedge and road.

(per Brian Wyatt, Badger)

Otmoor.A.M. 24th May.

1 Barn Owl
1 Turtle Dove (heard at 8: 00 a.m.).

Arncott 23rd May

Turtle Dove 3 (2+m) within Arncott M.O.D (per RBA)

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Standlake Pit 60: 22nd May

Garden Warbler

2 Ringed Plover: ad. Both feeding on shoreline. The dismal wader passage here continues. Single redshank and LRP also present. Even hobbies seem to have forsaken the place. .

Mick Cunningham

Wootton nr Woodstock: 22nd May

Wootton nr Woodstock
Cuckoo: Calling until 5am. 04:35.

Trevor Young

Farmoor 22nd May

Black Tern

(per Dai)

Sonning Eye GPs: 22nd May

Sonning Eye GPs
Cuckoo 13:05.

Marek Walford

Bicester Wetland Reserve 22 May

1 Common Sandpiper
1 Little Egret
10 Gadwall
pair Shoveler
2 Tufted Duck
3 Lapwing
Willow, Reed, Sedge Warblers, Blackcap and Whitethroat.

Key Holder Reserve
Alan Peters

Henley Road GPs: 22nd May

Henley Road GPs
2 Red-crested Pochard: m+f. Drake and leucistic female. 12:15.
Oystercatcher 12:15.
Lesser Whitethroat 12:15.

Marek Walford

Monday, 21 May 2018

Farmoor 21st May


Turnstone 3

(no sign of any black terns or temminck's stints)

Farmoor Reservoir 21st May

TEMMINCK'S STINT 2 (D.J) along the causeway until 10:50 then flew off and no further sign by 11:45 (per Dai,Badger,et al) 

Temminck's Stints courtesy of Noah Gins.

Arctic Tern 2+
Black Tern 7+
Sanderling (per John Workman)
Turnstone 3 late afternoon

Right: Sanderling courtesy of John Workman.

Cholsey 21st May

Woodlark seen briefly on Lollingdon Hill before flying off and calling 10:30 but no further sign.

(per Paul Chandler) Cholsey Wildlife

Bampton: 21st May

Hobby: On outskirts of village. Came low over car as I was executing quick 3 point turn on hearing of farmoor tem stints. Sadly they'd gone!

Mick Cunningham

Sonning Eye GPs: 21st May

Sonning Eye GPs
3 Mandarin Duck: 2m+1f. 16:05.
Cuckoo 16:05.
Hobby 16:05.

Marek Walford

Otmoor.A.M. 21st May.

1 Bittern
11 Common Tern
3 Hobby
3+ Cuckoo
1 Marsh Harrier.

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 21st May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 10:00.

David Brown

Sunday, 20 May 2018

: 20th May

River Thames, nr Wallingford
Reed Warbler: Male in sporadic song, on E side of river. SU614905.

Mike Amphlett

Found on Otmoor 20th May

SD card found today by the bench near the feeders on Otmoor, artist listed as Les Gordon.
Please contact me if its yours

Farmoor Reservoir: 20th May

Litte Terns courtesy of Andy Last

4 Little Tern (3 found this morning by Brian Walker) three still at 17:15 (Per Keith Clack, Dai et al),

Ringed Plover courtesy of Andy Last

Ringed Plover late afternoon
(per Andy Last)
Sanderling: On causeway. 08:20.
(per Brian Walker)

Sanderling courtesy of Dai

Distant video clip of one of todays Little Terns.

Rushey Common 29th May

Oystercatcher 5
Common Tern 9
Red-crested Pochard 5

Dix Pit:

Egyptian Goose 3
Little Egret 4
Corn Bunting Shipton Downs courtesy of Mick Cunningham.

Oxey Mead: 20th May

Oxey Mead
4 Common Tern
2 Garden Warbler
2 Reed Warbler

Derek Evans

Sutton Courtenay Peregrine, 17th May

Courtesy of Jim Bennett

Otmoor: 20th May

Garganey: drk. on Big Otmoor, but mobile.
Black-tailed Godwit: on Big Otmoor, but mobile.
Little Ringed Plover: on Big Otmoor.
5 Cuckoo: seen together by Greenaways.
4 Red-legged Partridge: two pairs on approach road.

Ian Elkins

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 19th May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo: One in the Great Wood. 21:15.

David Brown

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Shipton-under-Wychwood: 19th May

Yellow Wagtail: downs lodge road I suspect there is at least 1 pair on territory here as I've had YWag in same broadbean field evEry time I've checked it iN last c3 weeks. SP266415.

Cuckoo: m. In song Hunts Corner. SP403203.

LWV Pit 10
3 Cuckoo: m. in song. SP403203.

Mick Cunningham

Arncott 19th May

Turtle Dove 2+ on M.O.D land, no general access (per RBA).

: 19th May

Spotted Flycatcher: Singing, Church St. SU4388. 08:00.

Leo Bateman

Stanton St. John: 19th May

Stanton St. John
Cuckoo: One in Holly Wood. 06:00.

David Brown

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Otmoor: 14th May

2 Garganey: male. One in front of first screen 5:30am, one on Big Otmoor 7:30am.

Steve Clarke

Ardley EDF plant

2 Grey Partridge showing well by footpath that passes the EDF plant, by the small pool area just off the B430, SP5426.
 On the lake and new small pool:
6 Mute Swan
10 Tufted Duck
1 Heron
8 Coot

Alan Peters

Farmoor Reservoir 15th May

Black-necked Grebe still present on F2 off causeway 08:30 (per Dai).

A329 near Moulsford: 15th May

A329 near Moulsford
Cuckoo: Male calling, prob nr Cholsey Marsh (still in SU5985). SU5985. 03:40.

Mike Amphlett

Monday, 14 May 2018

Otmoor 14th May


Turtle Dove (cattle pens)

Peregrine (made a dash at the turtle dove, thankfully unsuccessfully)

Cuckoo (3)

Snipe (4-drumming Greenaways)
Bittern (flight across Greenaways)
leucistic Pochard (1st screen)

Common Tern (5+)

Otmoor, 14th May, pm

Hobbies 12+
Marsh Harrier 2

Clackers, Mrs & MS Clackers

Farmoor Reservoir 14th May

Black-necked Grebe again on F2 in S/W corner 16:40 (per Mark Chivers, Barry Batchelor).

Courtesy of Mark Chivers 
The Early Birder

Standlake Pit 60: am 14th May

No sign of the drake Garganey by 10:38

+3 Cuckoo
2 Hobby
2 Oystercatcher
3 Redshank

Otmoor.A.M. 14th May.

1 Yellow-legged Gull
1 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Oystercatcher
6+ Hobby.
2 Snipe (drumming).

Reed Warbler Otmoor courtesy of John Workman.

Port Meadow: 14th May

Port Meadow
Common Sandpiper
2 Shelduck
2 Little Egret

Adam Hartley
Whitethroat Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of John Workman.

Bicester Graven Hill 14th May

Little Ringed Plover

13th May

Barn Owl
Peregrine Flying high overhead carrying prey.

Jon Holt

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Standlake Pit 60 13th May

Unfortunately a little heat hazy, but some video of the enigmatic & beautiful Garganey
Courtesy of Badger.

Garganey (drake) still present 18:10
Hobby 2
Oystercatcher 2
Redshank 3
Little-ringed Plover
Garden Warbler

(per Andy Last, Mick Cunningham, Badger)

Drake Garganey above & below courtesy of Andy Last.

Above & below courtesy of Jim Hutchins