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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Farmoor 31st July

Little Gull ( Juv )
Bob and Dai.

Standlake Pit 60: 31st July

Standlake Pit 60
89 Mute Swan 11:15.
2 Common Tern 11:15.
4 Little Egret 11:15.
4 Grey Heron 11:15.
12 Lapwing 11:15.

Antony Collieu

Monday, 30 July 2018

Rushy Common: 30th July

Rushy Common
2 Hobby: unsure of age. not juv as in moult either worn ad or 1s. Active hunting over lake.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor.A.M. 30th July.

No further sign of Black-necked Grebe from 2nd screen (8:30 - 11:00).

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Grimsbury Res, 29th July

3 Whimbrel flew S @ 13:05pm
Also Common Sand & Mandarin

Bicester Wetlands Reserve, 29th July

Between 13:00-14:30

7 Green Sandpiper
2 Common Sandpiper

1 Snipe
5 Heron
1 Green Woodpecker (ad male)

(no sign of the Blackwits)

see more at Old Caley's Diary

Otmoor 29th July

Black-necked grebe still present at second screen 15:16

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Otmoor, 29th July

Black-necked Grebe still at the 2nd screen at 11:30 (per Terry Sherlock)

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Otmoor rspb. Evening. 28th. July.

Black Necked Grebe, viewed from the second screen, still present 7.45pm.

Standlake Common & Pit 60 - 28 July am

5+ Little Egrets
1 Common Sand
1 Redstart (per Stuart)
1 Peregrine (per Stuart)
Common Terns
Key holder hides...

Little Egrets (c) Stephen Burch
Common Sandpiper  (c) Stephen Burch

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Bicester Wetlands Reserve, 28th July

Black-tailed Godwit 2

Green Sandpiper 7

Water Rail
C25 House Martin

Key holder reserve.

Old Caley's Diary

Farmoor 28th July


Dunlin 2

Common Sandpiper

Sand Martin c100

Swift c20
House Martin c20
Black Tern (per Dai)
Common Tern c30 (incl many juveniles)

Old Caley's Diary

Baulking Pit: 28th July

2 Raven
Little Egret
3 Cormorant
3 Grey Heron
16 Little Grebe (inc juvs)

Friday, 27 July 2018

Chinnor: Cement Works: 27th July

Chinnor: Cement Works
Common Sandpiper: 1 on sand bar Lake 2b.
Dunlin: 1 on sand bar Lake 2b.

David Stracey

Bicester Wetland Reserve 27 July

2 Black-tailed Godwit
1 Snipe
7 Green Sandpiper
1 Heron
1 Green Woodpecker
8-10 Reed Warblers

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Rushy Common: 26th July

Rushy Common
Yellow-legged Gull: various. 13 with a flock of c25 LBBs on gravel/sand workings opposite car park to Rushy Commo Reserve. Most aged between 2s and adult + 1 1s.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor - Dunlin 26 July am

In addition to the 10+ Black Terns found by Dai:
1 Dunlin on causeway
1 Common Sand (heard only)

Dunlin (c) Stephen Burch. Click here to enlarge

Four of the six Black Terns on FII (c) Stephen Burch

Farmoor Black Terns, 26th July

6 Black Tern present between 10:30-12:00 (found by Dai)

Old Caley's Diary

Otmoor.A.M. 26th July.

1 Green Sandpiper
1 Kingfisher
5 Marsh Harrier (4 juv 1m)
2 Little Egret.

Bicester Wetland Reserve 26th July

Early morning:
2 Black-tailed Godwits
10 Green Sandpipers
Redshank (briefly)
Little Egret
Mike Pollard
Keyholder reserve

Farmoor Reservoir 26th July

Black Tern still 6 in S/W corner of F2 near the pontoon 11:00 (per Nick Truby)

10+ F2 09:27 (per Dai)

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Standlake Pit 60: 24th July

Standlake Pit 60
2 Dunlin: ad. Evening visit. Two adults circled pit in front of N Hide before heading off South. My first hint of Autumn migration. Otherwise quiet.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor rspb. 24th. July.

Male Marsh Harrier.
7. Marsh Harrier.  (1.m  2. f  4. juv.)
Turtle Dove.
6. Little Egret.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Otmoor 21st July

2 Possibly un-ringed Cranes
3 Marsh Harries (2 Juveniles)
Hobby (chasing redshank)
Common Sandpiper
Grasshopper Warbler

Shipton-on-Cherwell: 21st July

3 Spotted Flycatcher: At least three; a family party? SP481165. 17:30.

Steve Goddard

Grimsbury Reservoir 21st July


Mandarin Duck 1 eclipse male
Grey Wagtail 2
Common Buzzard 1
Green Woodpecker 2

Farmoor Ringed Plover

Courtesy of John Workman

Otmoor.A.M. 21st July.

Marsh Harriers
1 Raven (over calling)
1 Oystercatcher
2 Gropper (reeling)
1 Turtle Dove.
1 Sparrowhawk
5 Little Egret.

Farmoor, 21st July

Common Sandpiper (5)
Common Tern (c25)

Yellow-legged Gull (5)
Little Egret
Swift (2)

Friday, 20 July 2018

Bicester Wetlands Reserve, Friday 20th July

Little Egret (3)

Green Sandpiper (7)

Little Grebe (2 ad + 6 juvs)

Half of the Little Grebe family
Reed Warbler (several juvs)

Green Woodpecker (juvenile male)

Sparrowhawk (female with prey)

Grimsbury Reservoir Med Gulls: 20th july

2 juv Med Gulls this lunchtime with a good number of Black Headed Gulls
Eclipse drake Mandarin still present
1 2cy Common Gull

Farmoor Common Sandpipers

Courtesy of John Workman

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th July

Mediterranean Gull 2 (both juvs) then flew to warehouse roof just north of the reservoir

(per John Friendship-Taylor) 

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Otmoor 19th Evening

7:30pm - 9pm

3 Marsh Harrier (F & 2 juvs)
Turtle Dove
4 Little Egret
Snipe Drumming by first screen
1 Common Tern
c50 Swallow at second screen
Garden Warbler
2 Bullfinch

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Rushey Common lake, 19th July

Egyptian Geese 6
Common Sandpiper  2
Hobby 2

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Kingham 19th July

3 Common Crane  flying west over our garden at 0849

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Otmoor 18th July Evening

7:45pm - 8:45pm

Marsh Harrier
Turtle dove
7 little egret on Greenaway's pool

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Chinnor: Cement Works: 18th July

Chinnor: Cement Works
4 Common Sandpiper: Lake 2b.

David Stracey

Bicester Wetland Reserve 18 July

8 Green Sandpiper
2 adult Little Grebe plus 6 small young
4 Heron
59 Black-h Gull
1 Sparrowhawk

Alan Peters and Bill Foley
Key Holder Reserve

Otmoor 18th July

At least 12 Little egrets feeding on the Greenaways scrape
5 Marsh harriers active over the reedbed
7 Oystercatchers on Ashgrave, then later with the egrets on Greenaways

Farmoor Dunlin

Courtesy of John Workman

Rushy Common: am 18th July

2 Common Sandpiper
7 Egyptian Goose
(Black Swan)

Monday, 16 July 2018

Grimsbury Reservoir 16th July

Courtesy of John Friendship-Taylor

Mandarin Duck (eclipse male) 19:00
prest since the 2nd.

(per Colin Wilkinson et al)

Otmoor 16th July

In addition to earlier report:

At least 2 Hobbies over Greenaways
Common sandpiper on the tern raft

Otmoor.A.M. 16th July.

6 Marsh Harrier (4 juvs seen at the same time)
2 Raven (over)
1 Bittern.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 15th July

Common Sandpiper 2
Little Egret 8

Bar-headed Goose
7 White-fronted Goose: Feral flock with Bar-headed Geese.
20 Sand Martin: At leasst 10 active nests on Grand Bridge.

Bob Pomfret

The Oxford Canal, Heyford to Somerton, 15th July

Corn Bunting 4

Marsh Tit 2

Little Egret

Swift 20+

Old Caley's Diary