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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Lark Hill 30th August

2+ Redstart
2 Wheatear
2 Raven
Meadow Pipit

Farmoor Reservoir 30th August

1315-1430 hrs

Knot 1 juvenile
Ringed Plover 1 juvenile
Common Sandpiper 2

Yellow legged Gull 2 adults
Red crested Pochard 1 f
Grey Wagtail 1
Swallow 2
Common Coot 405

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Chinnor: Cement Works: 29th August

Chinnor: Cement Works
Common Sandpiper: East side of Lake 2b.

David Stracey

Minster Lovell: 29th August

Minster Lovell
4 Whinchat

Michael Hunt

Farmoor Reservoir 29th August


Knot 1 juvenile
Ringed Plover 2 adult and juvenile
Dunlin 1 juvenile

Black necked Grebe 1  in northwest corner of Farmoor 1 with moulting Tufted Ducks 
and Great crested Grebes

Yellow legged Gull 1 adult
Red crested Pochard 1 f      

Blenhiem Park 29th August

Wigeon 5
Yellow Wagtail 2

Farmoor 29th August

Black-necked Grebe on F1 08:17 (per Dai) 

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common: 28th August

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common

Paul Wren

Farmoor: 28th August (Evening)

1 Med Gull (found by Ian Smith)
1 Knot
1 Ringed Plover
1 Greenshank (heard only)
1 Dunlin
4 Common Sandpiper

Otmoor. 28th. August.

Whinchat.  4, western edge of Ashgrave,
4. in Southern Pill Ground.
7+ Yellow Wagtail,  Greenaways.
2. Common Cranes still present.

Per. P.R.  S.R.  J.U.  T.S. et al.

Devil's Quoits: am 28th August


Monday, 27 August 2018

Farmoor 27 August

Knot (juv) N side of F1 moving slowly east at 2pm

Juvenile knot

Lollingdon Hill: 27th Aug

5 Wheatear
2 Whinchat

Standlake Common: am 27th August

Pit 60
Ringed Plover
2 Snipe

Thames Fields
Peregrine (on its "usual" pylon)

Farmoor: 27th August

Black Tern, 1 FI

Farmoor 27th August

juv Knot (F2 south side)

2 Dunlin (juv causeway +juv F1 North)

Turnstone with one leg (F1)
6 Common Sandpiper (1 F2 east, 5 F1 north)
100’s Sand Martins & House Martins
20+ Swift
Meadow Pipit (causeway)
2 Egyptian Goose (F2)

Otmoor 27th August

Short-eared Owl 2 over Greenaways then the M.O.D land c10:50 (per Bark, Mark Chivers). 

Chinnor: Cement Works: 27th August

Chinnor: Cement Works
Cormorant: Lake 2B. SU751995. 07:30.

Jez March

Grimsbury Reservoir: 27th August

Grimsbury Reservoir
Greenshank: One over high E calling. 08:00.

John Friendship-Taylor

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Farmoor: 26th August - Evening

1 Knot (juvenile still present at 7.30pm western end of causeway)
1 Ringed Plover
5 Dunlin
5 Common Sandpiper
2 Hobby
2 Common Tern (Juv)


Baulking Pit: 26th Aug.

Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
3 Yellow Wagtail
Yellow-legged Gull
3 Swift
3 Little Egret
33 Little Grebe

Grimsbury Reservoir 26th August

Black Tern (juv) still present 17:30
Hobby 2
Redstart (m) still showing along the hedge north of the water works. 

(per Colin Wilkinson) 

Farmoor Reservoir 26th August

Knot still present at the top of the causeway on F1 18:23 (per Tom Bedford)
In S/W corner of F2 09:00 (per Dai et al)

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Abingdon 25th August

WRYNECK in area with no general access c08:50 but no further sign by midmorning.
Osprey over.

Otmoor evening 25th August

Cranes still present
Yellow Wagtail  25 roosting in the reed bed
Marsh Harrier  
Water Rail  3
Cetti's Warbler  2  

Farmoor. 25th. August.

Knot.  F2.  Per.  J.V.
7. Dunlin.
Ringed Plover.
2. Common Sandpiper.

Per.  D.J.  T.S.

Otmoor AM 25 August

2 common crane (both ringed) on Big Otmoor 8.45-10am, then took off circling higher & higher away over Ashgrave towards Beckley before drifting back & descending towards Greenaways. Seen again at 11am over Greenaways circling higher & higher until beyond MOD land, before drifting back down towards main reedbeds. Testing winds at altitude in preparation for departure?

Common cranes circling over Big Otmoor/Ashgrave bridleway

Otmoor.A.M. 25th August.

4+ Redstart
4+ Lesser-whitethroat
Various Warblers.

per PR & PG.

LWV Pit 60: 25th August

Ringed Plover 1ad
Common Sand 1
Snipe 1

Sonning Eye GPs: 25th August

Sonning Eye GPs
Common Sandpiper 10:15.

Marek Walford

Grimsbury Reservoir: 25th August

Grimsbury Reservoir
Redstart: still on fence/in bushes between cow field and water works. 08:15.
Whinchat: still on reservoir fence on western side, mobile. 08:15.

Graeme Porter

West Ginge: 25th Aug.

3 Spotted Flycatcher
7 Yellow Wagtail
12 Blackcap
5 Willow Warbler*
11 Chiffchaff*
7 Corn Bunting
6 Yellowhammer
300 House Martin

*a couple of each in song

Friday, 24 August 2018

Bicester Wetlands, 24th August


Green Sandpiper (8)

Common Snipe (4)

Key Holder Reserve

Old Caley's Diary

Appleford New Workings 24th August

Ringed Plover
Little-ringed Plover (juv) 
Common Sandpiper 4
Yellow Wagtail 3

Sutton Courtenay GPs:
Unfortunately the remaining pools are 
being filled in. 

Green Sandpiper 8

Lollingdon: 24th Aug

5 Spotted Flycatcher
3 Whinchat
1 Willow Warbler
3 Yellow Wagtail
1 Hobby

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 24th August

Juvenile Turnstone courtesy of John Workman

Turnstone: juv. Along the causeway.
Dunlin: Along the causeway.
Peregrine: juv. Landed on the bank of F1 and was investigated by two Carrion Crows . The young falcon was nervous of them and very apprehensive. Finally it flew off heading west ay 12:00.
Common Sandpiper: Along the causeway.
Yellow-legged Gull: ad. Finally perched on a buoy to confirm ID.

John Edwards

Dunlin above & below courtesy of John Edwards

Grimsbury Reservoir: 24th August

Grimsbury Reservoir
Redstart: Along fence / hedgeline between cattlefield & waterworks. 12:30.
Whinchat: Along reservoir western perimeter fence. 12:30.

John Friendship-Taylor

Standlake Pit 60: 24th August

Courtesy of Mick Cunningham.

Green Sandpiper: Feeding on shoreline.

(per Mick Cunningham)

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Grimsbury Reservoir 23rd August

Green Sandpiper
Wheatear 2

(per Colin Wilkinson)

Standlake Pit 60: 23 August am

2 Little Egret
1 Common Sandpiper
50+ Sand Martins

Little Egret with fish. 

Anyone know which species? 

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Otmoor.A.M. 23rd August.

3 or 4 Yellow Wagtail (over, per D.D.)
2 Raven (over calling)
Swallows and Martins.

Farmoor. 23rd. August

2. Common Sandpiper.
2. Ringed Plover.
5+ Swift.
Yellow Wagtail.

Per.  D.J.  T.S.



Lark Hill 23rd August

2 Whinchat
2 Wheatear
2 Raven
Sparrowhawk (f)

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Chinnor 22nd August

Pied Flycatcher 1 in garden for about 20 mins. 19:00.

(David Stracey)

All photos courtesy of David Stracey.

Worton: 22nd August

60 Snow Goose: SP460112. 20:15.
3 Egyptian Goose: SP460112. 20:15.
Bar-headed Goose: SP460112. 20:15.
20 Barnacle Goose: SP460112. 20:15.
4 White-fronted Goose: SP460112. 20:15.

Malcolm Teal

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd August


Ringed Plover 1
Common Redshank 1
Common Sandpiper 8

Swallow 13
Sand Martin 3
House Martin 2

Yellow legged Gull 2
Snow Geese 60+ flying northwest

Ringed Plover courtesy of John Workman.

Otmoor.A.M. 22nd. August.

1 Bittern (short flight)
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Cettis Warbler (juv,seen by first screen)
5+ Water Rail (heard)
C.100 Lapwing.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd August

Grimsbury Reservoir
Shelduck: juv.

John Friendship-Taylor

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Common Sandpiper Farmoor Resrvoir courtesy of John Workman.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Sutton Courtenay GPs 20th August

Ringed Plover
Little-ringed Plover (juv) 
Green Sandpiper 4
Common Sandpiper 2
Little Egret

Appleford New Workings:

Snipe 4
Common Sandpiper 3

Otmoor: 20th August

Redstart 3:  one male with two others heard calling from hedgerow in long meadow
Green Sandpiper 1:  flight views from first screen
Bittern: at least 3 flight views reported per PG & Jack

Standlake Common : 20th August

Thames fields
Peregrine defending kill (pigeon) on ground from Buzzard and Red Kite
2 Hobby
2 Redstart

Pit 60
Common Sandpiper
YL Gull
Water Rail

(JD & JDH)


Lark Hill 20th August

Whinchat 3
Corn Bunting

Harwell Laboratory: 20th August

Harwell Laboratory
2 Spotted Flycatcher

Mark Merritt

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Farmooor Aug 18th 7:45pm

Med gull - 1 juv. SWcorner F2
Yellow wag - 1 female
Swift. - 2

Appleford New Workings 18th August

Ringed Plover
Green Sandpiper 
Common Sandpiper 5
Little Egret
Egyptian Goose 9 (7 juv) 
Common Tern 4 (2 juv) 

Sutton Courtenay GPs:

Green Sandpiper 5
Common Sandpiper 2

Farmoor Reservoir 18th August

0900-1215 hrs

Peregrine 1

Common Swift 35
Sand Martin 250+
House Martin 50+
Swallow 15+

Reed Warbler 8
Sedge Warbler 1
Common Whitethroat 5
Blackcap 6
Willow Warbler 7
Common Chiffchaff  2

Yellow legged Gull 2
Common Tern 9

Dix Pit: am 18th August

The "usual" flock of snow goose numbering 89 individuals with 8 juveniles

Snow Goose

Common Whitethroat


Tree Pipit over high west

Woolstone Down: 18th Aug.

5 Yellow Wagtail

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Sutton Courtenay GP 15th August

Green Sandpiper 7
Common Sandpiper 1
Snipe 1

Appleford New Workings: 

Green Sandpiper 1
Lapwing c200 
Common Tern 4 (2 juv) 

Farmoor Reservoir 15th August


Common Swift 1
Sand Martin 3
Swallow 4

Common Sandpiper 6
Common Tern 5
Yellow legged Gull 1

Bicester Wetland Reserve 14th August

10 Green Sandpiper
6 Snipe
3 Heron
2 juv Little grebe
11 Teal

1 Stoat
Most waders at Cattle Bridge Pool
Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Worton: 14th August

Bar-headed Goose
9 White-fronted Goose (feral)
10 Barnacle Goose

SP460112. 20:30.

Malcolm Teal

Wantage: Lark Hill: 14th August

Wantage: Lark Hill
Whinchat: juv. 12:30.
Spotted Flycatcher 12:30.

Leo Bateman

Stratfield Brake 14th August

Spotted Redshank on main pool then flew and appeared to land on smaller hidden pool 10:25.No further sign by 14:00 on any of the pools.

Green Sandpiper
Little Egret 2
Teal c10
Gadwall c10

Monday, 13 August 2018

Worton: 13th August

14 White-fronted Goose: SP460112. 20:40.
16 Barnacle Goose: SP460112. 20:40.
Bar-headed Goose: SP460112. 20:40.
3 Egyptian Goose: SP460112. 20:40.

Malcolm Teal

Otmoor.A.M. 13th August.

1 Swift
1 Raven
2 Cettis (calling).

Appleford New Workings 13th August

Little-ringed Plover (juv) 
Green Sandpiper

Sutton Courtenay 13th August

Hanson's Gravel Pits -Sutton Courtenay

1 Common Sandpiper
5 Green Sandpiper: through large green gates south of the B4016 between Appleford and Sutton Courtenay. First pit on left. SU516940.

Gerry Quinn

Standlake Pit 60: am 13th August

YL Gull
Water Rail
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Snipe
(Bar-Headed Goose)


Farmoor. 13th. August.

Black Tailed Godwit.
Black Tailed Godwit.
3.+ Common Sandpiper.
4.+Yellow Legged Gull.

Per.   D. J.  P.L.  T.S.

Port Meadow: 13th August

Port Meadow
3 Yellow Wagtail
8 Lapwing

Adam Hartley

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 12th August

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
3 Hobby: One Hobby chased a House Martin over Greenaways, suddenly joined by two others and one Hobby took the martin in the air and flew off with it.

Suzanne Parrott

Farmoor 12th Aug

1 Wheatear
4 Common Sandpiper

Sent from my iPhone
Swallows north Oxon courtesy of Norman Smith.

Bicester Wetlands 12th August


Green Sandpiper (10)
Common Snipe (4)
House Martin (20+)

Old Caley’s Diary

Baulking Pit: 12th August

2 Common Sandpiper
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Hobby
1 Yellow Wagtail
1 Yellow-legged Gull
3 Reed Warbler
3 Lesser Whitethroat

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Farmoor 11th Aug am

Courtesy of Martin Swannell

1 Sanderling
Turnstone: On causeway - 3:30pm (per Dan Fletcher)
2 Wheatear
2 Dunlin
1 Ringed Plover
2 Common Sandpiper

Per Dai, Tezzer, Andy last.

Sent from my iPhone
Ringed Plover courtesy of John Workman

Courtesy of Martin Swannell

Chinnor 11th August

Spotted Flycatcher courtesy of Jez March

Spotted Flycatcher: Family brood of approx 6 - 8 including adults in trees at southern end of lake 2B. SU750994
Grey Heron: First year juvanile
2 Buzzard: Circling over lake 3A landing on the cliffs occasionally

Jez March