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May 16th Black-necked Grebe Farmoor Res...9th RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Grimsbury Res... 1st GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL Port Meadow...April 14th BONAPARTE'S GULL Blenheim Park still, 13th LITTLE BUNTING, Farmoor...8th Arctic Skua Farmoor Res...7th WHITE STORK Otmoor...

Monday, 20 May 2019

North Newington: 19th May

North Newington
Peregrine: Seen between N Newington and Horley Scout Camp. 16:00.

Steve Akers

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Otmoor: 19th May

2 Garganey
Ringed Plover

Peter Alfrey

Farmoor Res 19th May

Pair of Gadwall -Shrike Meadow

White Horse Hill: Uffington Castle: 19th May

White Horse Hill: Uffington Castle
2 Raven 16:59.

John Taylor

Baulking: 19th May

Common Sandpiper 16:52.

John Taylor

Sonning Eye GPs: 19th May

Sonning Eye GPs
Hobby 15:45.

Marek Walford

Waterstock: 19th May

Hobby 08:00.
Cuckoo 08:00.
Reed Warbler 08:00.

Nick Marriner

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

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 10:35.

David Brown

Carterton: 19th May

4 Corn Bunting: SP272088. 06:13.

George Best

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Farmoor Reservoir: 18th May

Black Tern courtesy of Peter Alfrey

3 Black Tern 17:59.
4 Ringed Plover
3 Dunlin
8 Common Sandpiper
2 Egyptian Geese
3 Yellow-legged Gull
1 Yellow Wagtail

(per Peter Alfrey, Kyle Smith)

Non-Stop Birding

Dunlin courtesy of Kyle Smith

Otmoor RSPB 18th May

Sedge Warbler

Asthall Leigh: 18th May

Asthall Leigh
Lesser Whitethroat: m. Full song in hedgerow. My FOY! 14:42.

Mick Cunningham
Garden Warbler Chinnor Cement Works courtesy of Jez March.

: 18th May

Freeland -Broadmarsh wood
Cuckoo: Cuckoo seen and heard. SP408131. 10:30.

Richard Parsons

Grimsbury Reservoir 18th May

Sanderling (different bird to yesterday) 10:30

(per Gareth)

Sanderling courtesy of Kyle Smith.

Farmoor Reservoir 18th May

Black Tern 3 on F2 09:53 (per Andy Last) 

Friday, 17 May 2019

Farmoor 17th May


Sanderling 3
Black Tern 2
Arctic Tern
Common Sandpiper 
Swift 100+
House Martin 200+
Sand Martin c25

Standlake Pit 60: 17th May

Standlake Pit 60
2 Hobby: Hunting. Redshanks 2, mating. Common tern 2.LRP 1. 20:10.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor Reservoir: 17th May

Farmoor Reservoir
Arctic Tern: Joined the other terns. Seen with Geoff W. 19:46.

Mick Cunningham

17 May: Oxford

Hobby over University Club, Mansfield rd. 2:28pm

Chinnor: Cement Works: 17th May

Chinnor: Cement Works
Hobby: Taking emerging May Flies from lake 2B. SU751996. 14:21.
Garden Warbler: SU751996. 14:21.

Jez March

: 17th May

Stanton St John
Cuckoo: One calling in Holly Wood. SP587097. 12:13.

David Brown

Farmoor Reservoir 17th May

Little Tern 09:48
Black Tern 2
Sanderling 6 flew off north 08:35

(per Geoff Wyatt)

No sign of the Black-necked Grebe by 10:16

Grimsbury Reservoir 17th May

Sanderling 07:43 (per JFT) 

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Carterton: 16th May

4 Grey Partridge: SP277084. 18:40.
Corn Bunting: SP277084. 18:40.

George Best

Farmoor Reservoir 16th May

Black-necked Grebe courtesy of John Workman.

Black-necked Grebe on F1 c14:00 (per John Workman).

Black Tern 10 F2 still at 13:48 (per Ewan)
Dunlin 2
Common Sandpiper 8

(per Dai)

Stanton St. John: 16th May

Stanton St. John
2 Cuckoo: One calling in Holly Wood and one calling in Stanton Great Wood. 13:13.

David Brown

: 16th May

Near Yarnton
Cuckoo: Heard only. SP483110. 08:05.

Steve Goddard

Chinnor: Cement Works: 16th May

Chinnor: Cement Works
Hobby: Flying over lake 2B. SU750996. 07:03.

Jez March

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Otmoor RSPB 15th May

Common Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat 3m
Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Garden Warbler 2m
Willow Warbler
Common Chiffchaff
Cetti's Warbler 3m

Cuckoo 2m
Curlew 2

Hobby 4+
Marsh Harrier 1 imm m
Reed Warbler

Common Whitethroat

: 15th May

Weston Road, Bletchingdon
Cuckoo: Cuckoo heard close by at 7.30p.m. SP504177. 19:34.

Elizabeth Hodgson

Farmoor Reservoir 15th May

Black Tern 2 13:08 (per RBA) 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 14th May

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
2 Greenshank: On Big Otmoor. 10:00.

Jonathan Mercer

: 14th May

Radley GPs
Cuckoo: still present with another calling nearer Abingdon. SU519969. 16:07.

Peter Law

: 14th May

Stanton St John
Cuckoo: One calling in Holly Wood. SP586097. 11:03.

David Brown

Monday, 13 May 2019

Standlake Pit 60: 13th May

Male Garganey courtesy of Dave Murphy.

2 Garganey: 1 male & 1 fem. PM. 16:26.
Greenshank: PM. 16:26.
2 Redshank 16:26.
Common Sandpiper 16:26.
Cuckoo: male. 16:26.

Dave Murphy

Greenshank courtesy of Dave Murphy.

Radley GPs - 13th May

Cuckoo still present this morning
Common Tern 1
Egyptian Goose 2
Warblers: Reed, Garden, Willow and Whitethroat

Otmoor 10th May. Electronic device found

On Friday 10th May an electronic device was found in the Otmoor car park.

If this is yours or you know whose it may be, please contact the Otmoor office on 01865 351163.

Thanks, the Otmoor team.

Carterton: 13th May

2 Corn Bunting: SP274085. 05:48.
3 Yellow Wagtail: SP274085. 05:48.

George Best

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Burford: Burford Garden Centre: 12th May

Burford: Burford Garden Centre
Cuckoo: male. 22:00.

Isobel Finlator

Yarnton Mead: 12th May

Yarnton Mead
Raven 20:00.

Nick Suckling

Standlake Pit 60 12th May


Hobby 6+
Common Buzzard 2
Red Kite 1

Little Ringed Plover 1m
Common Redshank 2
Common Sandpiper 2
Oystercatcher 2
Curlew 1

Common Tern 2
Egyptian Goose 2

Garden Warbler 2
Cuckoo 1

Barton Fields Abingdon 12th May

Cetti's Warbler 2
Sedge Warbler 
Reed Warbler

Standlake Pit 60: 12th May

Standlake Pit 60
6 Hobby: Maximum 6 hobbies. But generally distant and/or high. Suspect lack of wind means they're not low or pushed towards hides. Hard work. Some compensation in form of Ewan and Moth's company. 16:49.
2 Redshank: Very vocal and active. First I've seen fur a while. New in? Passage? 16:49.

Mick Cunningham

Sonning Eye GPs: 12th May

Sonning Eye GPs
Cuckoo 12:45.
Hobby 12:45.

Marek Walford

Grimsbury Reservoir 12th May

No sign of the Red-rumped Swallow by 08:30.

Sedge Warbler Otmoor rspb courtesy of J.R.

Charlbury: 12th May

Cuckoo: SP362191. 07:19.

Sarah Bartram

Otmoor Bitterns

Bittern on Otmoor rspb both photos courtesy of John Reynolds.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Grimsbury Reservoir: 11th May

Grimsbury Reservoir
Little Ringed Plover 17:00.
2 Common Sandpiper 17:00.
2 Yellow Wagtail 17:00.
Grey Wagtail 17:00.
20 Swift 17:00.

Steve Akers

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 11th May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 20:06.

David Brown

Farmoor Reservoir 11th May am

1 Avocet going south over the causeway at 11:00
1 Dunlin causeway
2 Oystercatcher
2 Common Sands
2 Yellow Wags causeway and grassy slope by "works"
1 Cuckoo
Dunlin (c) Stephen Burch
A larger image is here

Appleford New Workings 11th May

Dunlin 4
Little-ringed Plover 2
Lapwing 4
Common Tern 2
Hobby 2

No public access but viewable from the road.

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 11th May

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Ringed Plover 08:10.

Steve Holliday

Grimsbury Reservoir 11th May

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW c08:30 (per Nick Truby, JFT)

Little-ringed Plover
Common Sandpiper 4

Garden Warbler Otmoor rspb courtesy of John Workman.

Yarnton Mead: 11th May

Yarnton Mead
Oystercatcher 08:12.
2 Reed Warbler 08:12.

Derek Evans

Friday, 10 May 2019

Farmoor Res 10th May

Dunlin 6
Ringed Plover 1

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 10th May

Otmoor: RSPB reserve

10 Hobby 14:00. 
Marsh Harrier 14:00. 
3 Cuckoo 14:00. 
4 Redshank 14:00. 
15 Gadwall 15:30.
4 Shoveler 15:30.
30 Tufted Duck 15:30.
4 Teal 15:30.
10 Sedge Warbler 15:30.

Steve Akers

: 10th May

Bicester: Gravenhill
Common Sandpiper: SP583213. 20:00.

Bicester: Gravenhill
4 Little Ringed Plover: SP583213. 20:00.

Jon Holt
Spotted Flycatcher North Oxon courtesy of J.R.

Chinnor: Cement Works: 10th May

Chinnor: Cement Works
2 Little Ringed Plover: Lake 2b. 09:30.
2 Common Sandpiper: Lake 2b. 09:30.

David Stracey

Grimsbury Reservoir 10th May


Red rumped Swallow 1
Whinchat 1m
Yellow Wagtail 2
Grey Wagtail 5+
Hobby 1
Common Sandpiper 6
Garden Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 2

European Swallow 20+
House Martin 40+
Sand Martin 20+
Common Swift 20+

Standlake Pit 60: 10th May am

3+ Hobby
1-2 Common Sand
2 Oystercatcher
2 Curlew
1 Shelduck

Hobby (c) Stephen Burch
For higher res images go to this page on my website

Standlake Pit 60:10th May


Grimsbury Reservoir: 10th May

Grimsbury Reservoir
Whinchat: male. In addition to other sightngs this morning - single male briefly on W side before disappearing to E side of reservoir. 10:02.

John Friendship-Taylor

Grimsbury Reservoir 10th May

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW still present 09:30 (per Ewan et al)

Common Sandpiper 6

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Otmoor: 9th May

4 Cuckoo 18:00.
Hobby: Took Dragonfly on the wing turned and then sped back low over reed bed. 18:00.
Marsh Harrier 18:00.
5 Redshank 18:00.
5 Sedge Warbler: H/O. 18:00.
5 Lapwing 18:00.
Reed Bunting: male. 18:00.

Steve Akers

Grimsbury Reservoir: 9th May

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW still present 15:54 (per Mike Prentice, Steve Burch, JFT)

Dunlin 3
Common Sandpiper 1+
Yellow Wagtail 2

Red-rumped Swallow (c) Stephen Burch
For larger versions of these images, click here

Standlake Pit 60: 9th May

18:00 -18:30
2 Little Ringed Plover
2 Common Sandpiper

Standlake Pit 60: 9th May

Standlake Pit 60
4 Hobby: PM. 16:17.

Dave Murphy

Courtesy of Dave Murphy.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 8th May

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
7 Black Tern 19:30.
31 Common Tern 19:30.
2 Arctic Tern 19:30.
200 Swift 19:30.
100 Sand Martin: 500 plus Hirundines - hunting high and low - everywhere!!! 19:30.
100 Swallow 19:30.
50 House Martin 19:30.

Farmoor Reservoir: Lower Whitley Farm
Cuckoo 18:45.
Green Woodpecker 18:45.
Chiffchaff 18:45.
Reed Warbler 18:45.

Steve Akers

Grimsbury Reservoir 8th April

Red-rumped Swallow (showing well occasionally over cattle field 18:30-19:30)

Swift (c 50)

House Martin (c100)
Sand Martin (c25)
Common Sandpiper (2)
Yellow Wagtail (2)

Old Caley's Diary

Botley: Eynsham Road: 8th May

Botley: Eynsham Road
Raven 15:00.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Res 8th April

1600-1730 hrs

From Causeway

Sanderling 2
Dunlin 8
Turnstone 1
Oystercatcher 2
Black Tern 5
Arctic Tern 5
Common Tern 4+
Sparrowhawk 1m caught a Pied Wagtail on the Causeway

Common Swift
European Swallow
House Martin
Sand Martin

Yellow Wagtail 3


World travellers-2 Sanderling and 6 Dunlin

Otmoor 8th May PM

Grey Plover on Big Otmoor 20:30
(Different bird then this mornings, much darker plumage)

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 8th May

1 Knot (a.m)
1 Grey Plover (am)
9 Dunlin: Big Otmoor. 15:30.
7 Ringed Plover 15:30.
8 Hobby: Minimum count between showers. 15:30.
3 Cuckoo 15:30.

(per Pete Roby, Colin Oram)

Chinnor Cement Works: 8th May

Ringed Plover: 1 Lake 2b. 17:23.
3 Hobby: Lake 3. 17:23.

David Stracey

Ringed Plover courtesy of David Stracey. 

LWV Pit 10: 8th May

LWV Pit 10
Black Tern: Increased to 9. 17:19.
3 Arctic Tern: Minimum. Appeared with tight flock of 6 black terns from north. 17:19.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor, 8th May

From west bank hide 1.30 - 4.00pm
8 Dunlin
2 Sanderling
3 Redshank
2 Black Tern
2 Common Sandpiper
large numbers of Swifts and House Martins + a few Sand Martins and Swallows coming and going with strong weather fronts
20+ Common Terns

Hobby over Toll Bridge heading towards Farmoor

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Grimsbury Reservoir 8th May

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW 18:03 (per RBA, Ewan, Mark Ribbons, Gareth)

Arctic Tern 2 (per RBA)

Courtesy of Jonathan Mercer.

Sonning Eye GPs: 8th May

7 Black Tern 15:00. 
Knot: S.P. flew around pit for approx 3 mins before departing east. 06:20.
Common Sandpiper
4 Hobby 15:00. 

(per Hugh Netley)

Devils Quoits: am 8th May


Farmoor. 8th May.

7 Black tern.
51 Common Tern
2. Yellow wagtail.
Ringed plover.
2 Turnstone.
Grey Plover.
Black Tailed Godwit.
4 Redshank.
5. Common Sandpiper.
9 Dunlin.
2 Sanderling.

Per.  P.A.  D.J.  T.S. Johnny Eclipse. 
Grey Plover, Knot and Turnstone.

LWV Pit 10: 8th May

LWV Pit 10
Black Tern: Only 1 at west oxon sailing club/pit 10 today. 11:50.

Second and last look at pit 10/ oxon sailing club c17:15
3 Black Terns on my arrival then 6 flew in from north in tight pack with at least 3 Arctic Terns.
Increase in Common Tern from usual 4- 6 to at least a dozen

Mick Cunningham

Henley Road GPs: 8th May

Henley Road GPs
Black Tern: s/p. On the water-ski pit. 07:40.
Cuckoo 07:40.

Marek Walford

Grimsbury Res 7th May

Grey Wagtail-female

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Farmoor: 7th May

Large influx of Black Terns in S England today with 30-40 at Farmoor.

Baulking Pit: 7th May

10 Black Tern
3 Common Sandpiper
5 Yellow Wagtail
2 Grey Partridge

Otmoor: May 7th

Hobby courtesy of Norman Smith.
7 Hobby
1 Little Ringed Plover
1 Grey Plover
2 Cuckoo
All the usual warblers singing this morning including Grasshopper Warbler on the track to 1st screen.

No sign of GWE

LWV Pit 10: 7th May

LWV Pit 10
6 Black Tern: Minimum 6 black terns. Actually on adjacent sailing lake. 17:04.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor Reservoir: 7th May

Whimbrel courtesy of David Hastings.

Black Tern c35 over F2 17:00 
Arctic Terns
Whimbrel 2
Sanderling 2

(per Dai, Tezzer, Ewan, Nick Truby, David Hastings)

Sanderling courtesy of David Hastings.

Cuckoo: Male calling on eastern side of F2. SP444054. 14:03.
4 Common Sandpiper: On f2 rafts at the end of the causeway

( per Conor MacKenzie)

Cuckoo at Farmoor courtesy of Brian Walker.