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Jan 14th ROSE-COLOURED STARLING Botley...Iceland Gull Dix Pit...Caspian Gull Port Meadow & Dix Pit...Great northern Diver nr Pangbourne Jan...

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Millets Farm nr Frillford 19th January

White Stork (presumed escape) present for 2nd day, the bird is apparently semi tame and taking food. 

: 19th January

Cassington Sewage Works
30 Stock Dove: SP461121.

Cassington Sewage Works
25 Yellowhammer: SP461121.

Derek Evans

Standlake Pit 60: 19 January late am

1 Great White Egret on N shore, then flew to E shore
2m & 2f Goldeneye
1f Goosander

Goosander (f) (c) Stephen Burch

Port Meadow: 19th January

Port Meadow
Mediterranean Gull: 1w.
4 Yellow-legged Gull: 2 ad + 3w + 1w.

Thomas Miller

Broughton Castle nr Banbury 19th January

Brambling 20+
Chaffinch 75+

(per Sandra Bletchly) 

Otmoor: 100-acre: 19th January

Otmoor: 100-acre

Gean Duval

: 19th January

9 Woodcock: Minimum count flushed from Woods and Spinneys around Boarstall. SP625145. 15:00.

Colin Oram

LWV GPs: 19th January

Caspian Gull 1ad Dix 10.30, flew towards Standlake
Caspian Gull 1ad Pit 27 (3Ts) 12.00, so presumably same

Linch Hill (LWV Pit 18): 19th January

Linch Hill (LWV Pit 18)
Great White Egret: At noon. There was 1 on pit 60 c10 an.

Mick Cunningham

Sonning: 19th January

4 Egyptian Goose: Between Sonning and Shiplake. 10:15.

Hugh Netley

Sonning: 19th January

Shelduck: Flew overThames out of Oxon into berks. 10:15.

Hugh Netley

Friday, 18 January 2019

: 18th January

Mixbury, Middle Farm
275 Golden Plover: ad. 250-300 on arable with other spp. SP607324. 14:00.

Chris Coppock


Raven flew north over Lollingdon Hill
2 Stonechat, Lollingdon Hill
Peregrine flew south over Lollingdon Hill
3 Little Egret, Cholsey
47 Corn Bunting Lollingdon Hill
c120 Golden Plover, Cholsey Hill
c50 Lapwing, Cholsey Hill

Port Meadow: 18th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w. injured bird.
Mediterranean Gull: 1w.
3 Yellow-legged Gull: 2 ad + 1w.

Thomas Miller

Oxford: Christchurch Meadow: 18th January

Oxford: Christchurch Meadow
Black Redstart: 1w/female. Originally seen for 5 minutes at 9am near Christ Church at the northern end of the corridor of trees lining the west side of the meadow. No further sign by 10am. Perhaps spending most of its time within Christ Church College? .

Thomas Miller

Blenheim Park 18th January

Great white Egret 
Little Egret 6
Egyptian Geese 2
Pintail 3 (m) 
Brambling 3+
Chaffinch c200

Otmoor 19th January

Recent counts have now shown that the Otmoor starling murmuration is no more for another year.

We will now be closing the starling viewpoints around the reedbed and removing the signage.

Thanks for your patience during this difficult period.

The Otmoor team

Shotover: Shotover Lake: 18th January

Shotover: Shotover Lake

Anthony Cheke

Oxford 18th January

Black Redstart in Oxford at Christ Church Meadow in NW corner near Christ Church college briefly at 9 a.m.

per RBA

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Farmoor Reservoir 17th January

Caspian Gull injured (1stw) bird again in the roost (per Mick Cunningham)

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course: 17th January

Video grab of Little Owl courtesy of Luke Marriner.

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course
Short-eared Owl: Picked up over golf course and flew towards regular site between course and rough fields. Found by Luke M. 16:30.
Woodcock: Same spot as earlier in the week. Found by Luke M. 16:30.
Tawny Owl: Heard from Moreton village by Luke M. 16:30.

Nick Marriner

Otmoor 17th January

Hen Harrier   male 
Marsh Harrier 
Stonechat  pair

PR SR et al  

Buckland Warren 17th January

Crossbill courtesy of Barry Neale

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Port Meadow: 16th January

Port Meadow
Mediterranean Gull: 1w. Found by Thomas Miller.
Caspian Gull: 1w injured bird.  Found by Thomas Miller.
2 Shelduck

Adam Hartley

1w Med Gull courtesy of Thomas Miller


Little Egret again out at Lollingdon. Also 1 (the same?) yesterday close to Cholsey village.

a female Blackcap in the garden.

Port Meadow 15th January

Caspian Gull 2w (not the usual 1w bird) on the Meadow yesterday evening

per Thomas Miller

Bucknell 16th January

Barn Owl @ 07:20 hunting along Ardley road verge.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Broughton Castle nr Banbury 15th January

5+ Brambling in mixed flock of 30+ Chaffinch at Broughton Castle (per Ian Hobday) 

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course: 15th January

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course
Short-eared Owl: Found by Luke M. 16:00.
Woodcock: Found by Luke M. 16:00.
4 Yellowhammer: Found by Luke M. 16:00.

Nick Marriner

Chinnor: Cement Works: 15th January

Chinnor: Cement Works
12 Common Gull 13:00.
110 Teal 13:00.
7 Pochard 13:00.

Nick Marriner

Harwell Laboratory: 15th January

Harwell Laboratory
4 Brambling: At least 4 in with c.25 Chaffinches.

Mark Merritt

Bicester Wetland Reserve 15th January

1 Cetti's Warbler
190 Teal
6 Gadwall
5 Shoveler
1 Heron
3 Little Grebe
16 Moorhen

key Holder reserve
Alan Peters

Harwell Laboratory: Rutherford Laboratory: 15th January

Harwell Laboratory: Rutherford Laboratory
2 Raven

Mark Merritt

Monday, 14 January 2019

Port Meadow: 14th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w. Same bird with the injured leg again this evening.

Adam Hartley

Dix Pit 14th January

Iceland Gull 2nd winter
Iceland Gull 2nd winter
Caspian Gull adult

Botley Oxford 14th January

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING still present on Crabtree Road (per RBA).

Oxonbirding Christmas Curry 12th January

Thank you to all who came along to the annual gathering of Oxon birders and made it such a great evening. Once again the impeccably turned out Mr Bedford hosted the photographic county review 
of the year with style and panache whilst presiding over the 2018 awards for birding excellence.

For a full account of the hi's and woes, the winners and the boozers, be sure to check out 
Toms blog  Out of the Blue

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course: 14th January

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course
Short-eared Owl: Flushed from scrub alongside rough fields behind bridleway. 15:00.
5 Teal 15:00.
8 Yellowhammer 15:00.
Raven 15:00.
4 Grey Partridge 15:00.
25 Gadwall 15:00.
125 Wigeon 15:00.
13 Meadow Pipit 15:00.

Nick Marriner

Rushy Common: 14th January

Courtesy of Mick Cunningham.

Great White Egret: On far shore, opposite hide.

Mick Cunningham

Blenheim Park 14th January

Great white Egret 
Little Egret 3
Pintail 3 (m) 
Brambling 1+

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Port Meadow: 13th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w. Same bird as yesterday. Bird has injured left leg 16:00
Yellow-legged Gull 2
Shelduck 2

(per Thomas Miller, Terry Tossell)

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 13th January

Caspian Gull (ad) again on Dix Pit c14:35 (per Ian Smith). 

Standlake 13th Jan

Great White Egret
2 Goldeneye

15+ Goosander
120+ Red Crested Pochard

Worton: 13th January

2 Shelduck: SP460110.
2 Egyptian Goose: SP460110.
200 Shoveler: SP460110.
150 Wigeon: SP460110.
2 Pochard: SP460110.
4 Goldeneye: 2 pairs. SP460110.
100 Lapwing: SP460110.

Derek Evans

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Port Meadow: 12th January

Port Meadow
100 Barnacle Goose
3 Yellow-legged Gull: ad.
Caspian Gull: 1w. The same bird as last night. Seems to have an injured left leg.
8 Golden Plover

Adam Hartley

Port Meadow 12th January

Caspian Gull (1stw) again this afternoon (per RBA). 

: 12th January

3 Woodcock: SP616156. 14:00.

Colin Oram

Pit 60 Standlake 12th January

Great white Egret (per RBA) 

Sarsgrove: 12th January

2 Raven: One over the wood. Another over farmland and the valley. Cronking noisily. 11:30.

Steve Akers

Stratfield Brake: 12th January

Stratfield Brake
Pintail: drk.
Pochard: fem.
30 Redwing
Cetti's Warbler

Derek Evans

Port Meadow: 12th January

Port Meadow
Merlin: Flying over very fast, eastwards, vanishing over Burgess Field. SP490085. 09:00.

Steve Goddard

Otmoor 12th Jan

2 Nuthatch - Noke woods
2 Yellowhammer
1 Stonechat
1 Pintail
1 Marsh Harrier.

Sent from my iPhone

: 12th January

Mount Owen road near Yelford
Merlin: Flew low north scattering numerous birds. SP331066.

Mick Cunningham

Dix Pit: 12th January

Dix Pit
Caspian Gull: ad. Female?

Mick Cunningham

Friday, 11 January 2019

Chipping Norton: 11th January

Chipping Norton
3 Brambling: 1m, 2f. Still present in small stand of Beech trees to W of CN. 12:40.

Steve Akers

Pit 60 Standlake 11th January

Great white Egret (per RBA) 

Red Kites in Stonesfield courtesy of Paul Wren.

Port Meadow: 11th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w. Same bird as on Monday 7th.
2 Yellow-legged Gull: ad.

Adam Hartley, Thomas Miller

11th Jan Buckland Warren

10-15 flock of Crossbills at 2.0pm 11th Jan Buckland Warren. High in the usual trees and mobile

per Graham Lenton

Piddington Wood: 11th January

Piddington Wood
Woodcock: Flushed. 11:30.

Colin Oram

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Stratfield Brake: 10th January

Stratfield Brake
Pintail: male. Good view of pintail swimming across water and feeding by upending, pointing its tail to the sky. SU493122. 15:30.

Andrew Siantonas

Standlake Pit 60: 10 January

2 Great White Egrets
1m Goldeneye
Many Wigeon

Also 8+ Goosander at nearby 3T's lake

For a larger image, go to this page on my website

Great White Egret (c) Stephen Burch

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 10th January

Caspian Gull (ad) by island c14:50 (per Ian Smith) 

Chipping Norton: 10th January

Chipping Norton
Brambling: fem. A female Brambling still present with Chaffinch in this small stand of Beech trees. SP314245. 10:30.

Steve Akers

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

River Thames nr Pangbourne Oxon/Berks border 9th January



Great Northern Diver 1 juv
Mandarin Duck 4 2m 2f
Little Grebe 3
Siskin 6
Lesser Redpoll 2

Blenheim, Combe end, 9th January

Great White Egret
along side off shoot of main lake Combe end
Little Egret 6
Pintail 3
Raven 2

(per Clackers & Mrs Clackers,Dave Doherty)

Chipping Norton: 9th January

Chipping Norton
57 Golden Plover: In field alongside B4450. SP300257. 11:30.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: 9th January

Chipping Norton
Brambling: f. With Chaffinch feeding at farthest edge of the small stand of Beech trees. SP314245. 10:15.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: Spelsbury road: 8th January

Chipping Norton: Spelsbury road
Short-eared Owl: Sat in middle of road as I drove back toward CN. Flew off low as I stopped to observe. 23:30.

Steve Akers

Stratfield Brake 9th January

Pintail 2 (mf) 
Shoveler 2

Tuesday, 8 January 2019


2 Stonechat - Lollingdon Hill
1 Little Egret - Lollingdon
Egyptian Geese Cliftom Hampden courtesy of Barry Neale.

Witney Lake, 8th January

Siskin 2m 4f
Yellowhammer m
Egyptian Geese 2
Little Egret

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Linch Hill 29th December

Caspian Gull: 1w. Apologies for late post. Seen at very late dusk and i forgot to check the grainy footage (per Mick Cunningham).

Farmoor 8th January

2 Common Scoter. (1 drake). F2.
Golden Plover Otmoor rspb courtesy of John Workman.

Christmas Quiz Answers

Oxon Birding 2018 – Christmas Cryptic Quiz ANSWERS

Hope you all enjoyed the quizzes. Below are the answers to Jeremy Dexter's excellent cryptic quiz.

1. Amongst Maracas, Pianos, Recorders favourite
2. Harass this underground birder
3. Stick around river to observe this bird
4. Seabird or to put it the other way seabirds
5. Fruity motor with sat-nav will get you to this site
*Appleford GPs
6. Bird having hormone treatment
7. Bird of immense sadness having lost head
*Great Egret
8. Small part of bird for another bird
9. Peculiar looking Pixy Tits might be seen here!
*Pit Sixty
10. A bird of reef or wood?
11. Motorcycle loses duck to get another duck?
12. Trip up Tees Valley birder
*Steve Alley
13. Map of quarry required for this bird
14. ‘The Holly and the Ivy’
15. Northern port merged with northern town for northern location
16. Sounds like cat being roused to get bird
17. Ripe green bananas feed this bird
18. Here you could enjoy two drinks followed by a shout of pain
*Port Meadow
19. Have a look around local bird club to find duck
20. Untidy sunhat on crusader gives this bird a name
*Anthus Richardi
21. Bird that sounds like an inexperienced beach musician?
*Green Sandpiper
22. Gannet in Owl, I create a birder
* Ian Lewington
23. This bird will leave you spellbound
24. Room to reverse, not always easy in this car park
25. Pub immediately on the left brings you to this bird
*Barn Owl
26. First man on the scene is very jammy
*Adam Hartley
27. Blushing celebrity Heather is a good-looking bird
*Rosy (Rose-Coloured) Starling
28. Left-wing election flyer
29. A bird that changes colour
30. Switch on power wash to clean up this bird
*Whooper Swan
31. Bird initially gliding low over shallow swamps yet identified by its silhouette?
*Glossy Ibis
32. On Welsh coast see famous rock for the ‘game over’ man
*Barry Hudson

Monday, 7 January 2019

Dix Pit: 7th January

Adult Caspian Gull

Port Meadow: 7th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w.
3 Yellow-legged Gull: ad.
100 Barnacle Goose
3 Shelduck

Adam Hartley & Thomas Miller

1w Caspian Gull, found at last light & digiscoped in very windy conditions

Pangbourne: 7th January

Juvenile Great Northern Diver still present on the River Thames, just south of the cut to Beale Park Lake:

A few more pictures plus a county boundary map of the area is here.

: 7th January

Sutton Courtenay/Drayton
Green Sandpiper: On flooded field immediately to the north of B4016 midway between Sutton Courtenay and Drayton. SU491942. 12:30.

Sutton Courtenay/Drayton
2 Egyptian Goose: On flooded field immediately to the north of B4016 midway between Sutton Courtenay and Drayton. SU491942. 12:30.

Gerry Quinn

Farmoor Reservoir 7th January

Iceland Gull (2w) on F2 15:07 (per Ewan Urquhart)

Goldeneye: On far side of F2 opposite the Causeway Hide to the left of the large group of Tufted Duck. 13:15. 

Steve Akers

River Thames nr Pangbourne 7th January

Great northern Diver (imm) again in Oxfordshire on the river south of the cut 
nr Beale Park 10:44 (per Tom Bedford) 

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Pit 60 Standlake 6th January

Great white Egret 2+ (per RBA) 

Farmoor Reservoir 6th January

Iceland Gull (2w) c15:00-15:15 then flew north
Caspian Gull (1stw)

River Thames, Pangbourne. Sunday 6th January


Great Northern Diver (on Thames, Oxon)

Great Northern Diver: c.100 yards south of the lake at Beale Park. There's a cut at the back of the lake onto the river so the bird comes and goes from the lake. 13:05.

Marek Walford

Video taken on Beale Park courtesy of Badger.

Henley-on-Thames: 6th January

2 Egyptian Goose: pair. Flew in and settled on roof of TS Guardian sea cadet centre and calling constantly! 09:30.

Steve Akers

Dix Pit 6th Jan

Caspian Gull Adult
5+ Goldeneye

New Marston: New Marston Meadows: 6th January

New Marston: New Marston Meadows
Goosander: 1f. On Cherwell by LMH.

Tom Evans

Didcot Landfill 5th January

5th: Adult Caspian Gull
4th: 4 Caspian Gulls (1st w, two 2nd w, 3rd w)

Port Meadow: 5th January

Port Meadow
2 Shelduck: A pair sleeping on the north end of the water. 15:20.

Jeannie Moulton

Ewelme: Cress beds: 6th January

Ewelme: Cress beds
2 Little Egret 11:00.
2 Grey Wagtail 11:00.

Steve Akers

Saturday, 5 January 2019

 Treecreeper courtesy of Dai

Farmoor 5th Evening

Iceland Gull showing well in NW corner of F2

Shrike Meadow:
Barn Owl

Pangbourne: River Thames: 5th January

Pangbourne: River Thames
Great Northern Diver: imm. on the Thames half a mile south of Beale Park from 8:45 until 10:30 when it went through the cut into Berkshire. 08:45.

Jerry O'Brien

Farmoor 5 January

Iceland Gull 1 from 3.50pm

Botley Oxford 5th January

No sign of the Rose-coloured Starling. 

Chipping Norton: 5th January

Chipping Norton
5 Brambling: 2m, 3f. At least 5 Brambling in flock of over 60 Chaffinch feeding in field and at base of trees t rear of stand of Beech trees. Good views from verge on side of A361 to Burford. Please be aware if you photograph here you may be challenged by the elders of the traveller community at The Beeches. Just explain you are photographing the birds and they will be ok. SP314245. 13:30.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 4th January

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II

Farmoor Reservoir
Yellow-legged Gull: bird lacks right foot, but appears healthy. SP714047.

Anthony Cheke

Pangbourne: River Thames: 5th January

Great Northern Diver at Beale Park. When this bird is in the centre of the River Thames it's then in Oxfordshire.

Pinkhill Meadow, Farmoor: 5th January

Water Rail (still) from hide

: 5th January

Brambling: f. At least one Brambling with large number of Chaffinch beneath Beech trees beside A361 south of CN opposite The Beeches travellers site. SP314245. 12:45.

Steve Akers

Farmoor 5th Jan

Iceland Gull flew over F2 heading west at c11am.
Yellow legged gull.
Per Wickster et al.

Sent from my iPhone

Friday, 4 January 2019

Buscot Park 4th January

Great white Egret still present at Buscot Park (per RBA). 

Oxey Mead: 4th January

Oxey Mead
9 Goosander: 6m, 3f. SP480108. 15:30.

Steve Goddard

Pangbourne: River Thames: 4th January

Pangbourne: River Thames
Great Northern Diver: imm. The Beale Park bird using the Thames and mostly on the Oxon side - keeping close to the cut. 12:30.

Jerry O'Brien

Farmoor Roost - 4th January

Iceland Gull:  Second-winter again.
Caspian Gull:  2 First-winter, 1 Adult.
Mediterranean Gull: Adult.

Abingdon Sewage Works

Courtesy of John workman

Swyncombe Downs wood: 4th January

Brambling (f) - 14:20pm in Chaffinch flock by parking area at SU665913
Tawny Owl calling, also in morning

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 4th January

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
122 Golden Plover: In fields to south of reserve. 13:45.

Steve Holliday

Chipping Norton: 4th January

Chipping Norton
3 Brambling: 1m, 2f. Small number of Bramblings still present feeding beneath stand of Beech trees in small copse. SP300254. 12:00.
50 Skylark: Flock circling and then settling over fields W of CN. SP305257. 12:00.

Steve Akers

Sarsgrove: 4th January

25 Golden Plover: Feeding in field alongside minor road near Sarsgrove Wood.

Steve Akers

Standlake 4th January

Goldfinch on Teasel

Oxford City Centre 4th jan

Magdalen Tower:

Peregrine perched on top of gargoyle on road side of tower eating a pigeon at 08:45

Sent from my iPhone

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Botley Oxford 3rd January

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING still present in Botley today around Crabhill Road
although mobile and elusive.

Many thanks to Helen and her family for very kindly letting us view the bird from the
warmth of her kitchen.

Please note there is to be no further public access.

Farmoor Roost 3rd January

Second winter Iceland Gull

First winter Caspian Gull

Buscot 3rd January

Great white Egret still at Buscot Parks on large Lake (per RBA).