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April 9th Avocet & Great white Egret Port Meadow...6th Ring Ouzel...3 Little Gull Radley GPs...March 16th Wheatear Letcome Bassett...Garganey Pit 60...15th BLACK-THROATED DIVER Farmoor Res...Black Redstart Oxford...14th Little-ringed Plover Grimsbury Res... 3 Avocet Appleford... 12th CATTLE EGRET Pit 60...8th March Kittiwake Waterstock...

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Port Meadow 31st March

Drake Garganey courtesy of Badger.

Osprey through flew north at 12:25 (Steve Goddard)

Drake Garganey on the floods still present 13:40 (Ian Elkins)
Wheatear f
5 Little Ringed Plover
4 Oystercatcher
1 Redshank
4 Shelduck
40+ Sand Martin

(Per Ian Elkins, Ewan, Badger)

Garganey courtesy of Ewan Urquhart. 

Little-ringed Plover courtesy of Ewan.

Two distant Little Ringed Plover Pit 60 early evening.

Farmoor Res (Pinkhill) 31st March

Water Rail 2
Cetti's Warbler 2
Little Grebe 2

Evening Sand Martin Movement LWV Pit 10

Between c6 pm and 7 15 pm a minimum of 750 Sand Martins  flew E/NE at Pit 10 in flocks of 20 to 75, pulses of birds every time the cold wind gusted stronger. Almost certainly an undercount as uncounted flocks went through before I started using the clicker.
Not a single Swallow though.

Worton: 31st March

3 Goldeneye: SP460112. 19:00.
4 White-fronted Goose: SP460112. 19:00.
Pintail: m. SP460112. 19:00.
Smew: f. SP460112. 19:00.

Malcolm Teal

Kidlington: Thrupp: 30th March

Kidlington: Thrupp
Probable House Martin: ? 15:36.

Hilary Brucker

Grimsbury Reservoir: 31st March

House Martin (per JFT)

Upper Cherwell Valley

Whooper Swan still in field with Mutes this afternoon (per Dylan Parry-Davies)

Video courtesy of JFT

Leafield 31st March

Jackdaw 1
in garden briefly showing distinct white semi collar on neck sides so potentially could be of eastern race  C. m. soemmerringii

Standlake Pit 60: 31st March

Standlake Pit 60
2 Little Ringed Plover: Count increased by 100%. C20 Sand Martin at pit too, with a trickle of that species that over my standlake house, and half dozen on river there. Trickle of black headed gulls north over house too. Stock dove continues to visit garden.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor rspb 31st March

Marsh Harrier 3
Pintail 4+
Little-ringed Plover (Big Otmoor) 
Redshank 20+

Appleford New Workings 31st March

2 Little Ringed Plover

(per Michael Violette)

Sarsgrove: 31st March

Wheatear: First of the year!!! In and on Cotswold stone wall in second field. Look where the jump is constructed into the wall. Easily viewable from footpath. Need scope to identify sex. SP297248. 12:00.

Steve Akers

Worton: 31st March

2 Shelduck: SP460112.
4 Goldeneye: 2 pairs. SP460112.
Green Sandpiper: SP460112.
140 Sand Martin: SP460112.
2 Swallow: SP460112.

Derek Evans

Farmoor 31st March

Sand Martin (200+ feeding high above F2)
Swallow (1)

Chipping Norton: 31st March

Chipping Norton
Blackcap: male. In our garden in The Leys. Very distinct black cap. Close views. 11:15.

Steve Akers

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Port Meadow 30thMarch

7 Black-tailed Godwits
Several Sand Martin

Per Mary MacDougall

Henley Road GPs: 30th March

Henley Road GPs
2 Egyptian Goose 14:11.
Shelduck 15:04

John Kearns

Churn: 30th March

Barn Owl 18:30.
Little Owl 18:30.

Michael Violette

Farmoor March 30th (5pm - 6:45pm)

Swallow - 1 F1
Sand Martin - 80 F1
Ringed Plover - 1 north at 6pm

Sent from my iPhone

Pit60 30th March

20+ Sand Martin

Sent from my iPhone

Otmoor rspb 30th March

No sign of the Garganey by 14:15.


Ringed Plover
White Wagtail (1 on Causeway)
Several singing Blackcaps
Red crested Pochard
Cetti’s Warbler

Worton: 30th March

5 Shelduck: SP460112. 11:30.
Pintail: m. SP460112. 11:30.
25 Barnacle Goose: SP460112. 11:30.

Malcolm Teal

Charlbury: 30th March

2 Brambling: male and fem. Possibly more. I didn't linger.

Mick Cunningham

Friday, 29 March 2019

Upper Cherwell Valley: 29th March

Upper Cherwell Valley
Whooper Swan: Still with Mutes in the field.

Gareth Blockley

Farmoor Reservoir: 29th March

Farmoor Reservoir
2 Red-crested Pochard: male.
Peregrine: ad probably male.

Derek Evans

Otmoor rspb. 29th. March.

Garganey, m. and f. seen displaying this afternoon from the first screen, and still present at 5.15pm.

Standlake Pit 60: 29 March am

4 Oystercatcher
Blackcap, Chiffchaff both singing well

LRP (c) Stephen Burch

Stanton St. John: 29th March

Stanton St. John
2 Swallow 15:43.

David Brown

Otmoor rspb 29th March

Garganey 2 (male & female) from 1st screen 13:54 (per Tezzer). 

Upper Cherwell Valley: 29th March

Whooper Swan: Still present this morning at 10:50 with several Mute Swans. North-east of the Borrow Pit pool and west of the A361. Not far from the Northants border.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Otmoor rspb 28th March

8 Ruff: In flight then on Big Otmoor. 08:00. 

(per Jonathan Mercer)

Farmoor Reservoir 28th March

Red-crested Pochards courtesy of Christopher Knight.

Mediterranean Gull: 1st year F2 11:00.
Little Ringed Plover: On causeway. 11:30.
Red-crested Pochard 4
Water Rail

(per Jonathan Mercer, Christopher Knight, Barry Neale)

Male Red-crested Pochard courtesy of Barry Neale.

Oystercatcher courtesy of Christopher Knight.

Farmoor 27th March


Rock Pipit Photo taken by John Workman.

Standlake Pit 60: 28th March

Standlake Pit 60
2 Goosander: f. 15:30.
Little Egret 15:30.
Common Sandpiper 15:30.
18 Lapwing 15:30.
3 Shoveler: m. 15:30.
16 Pochard: 8+8. 15:30.

Antony Collieu

Otmoor, Thursday 28 March

2 Shelduck
1 Yellowhammer
3 Marsh Harrier
3 Buzzard
1 Peregrine
2 Curlew
2 Oystercatcher

Grass Snakes emerging in the reeds alongside the channels and ditches

Stanton St. John: 28th March

Stanton St. John
2 Wood Duck: The usual pair back at regular nest site. 10:30.

David Brown

Port Meadow: 28th March

28th March

Port Meadow
3 Shelduck
2 Oystercatcher
40 Golden Plover
2 Redshank
3 Black-tailed Godwit 07:00.

Derek Evans

Stanton St. John: 28th March

Stanton St. John
Swallow: One again this morning. 08:20.

David Brown

Upper Cherwell Valley: 28th March

Upper Cherwell Valley
Whooper Swan: Still present this morning with several Mute Swans. North-east of the Borrow Pit pool and west of the A361. Not far from the Northants border.

Gareth Blockley

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Grimsbury Reservoir (Borrow Pit) : 27th March

The Whooper Swan from this evening.
Also 1m LRP at Grimsbury Res

Grimsbury Reservoir: 27th March

Grimsbury Reservoir
Whooper Swan: On the Borrow Pit. Probably for at least it's 4th day. 18:00.

John Friendship-Taylor

Stanton St. John: 27th March

Stanton St. John
Swallow: First one back at regular nest site. 16:30.

David Brown

Port Meadow: 27th March

Port Meadow
3 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Redshank

Adam Hartley

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Farmoor 26th March

2 Oystercatcher.
2 Redshank.
2 Water Rail.
1 Willow Warbler
Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in good numbers.

Bicester Wetland Reserve 26th March

2 Little Ringed Plover
3 Green Sandpiper
1 Little Egret
2 Chiffchaff singing

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Little-ringed Plover courtesy of Justin Taylor.

Sutton Courtenay: 26th March

Sutton Courtenay
2 Oystercatcher: A pair calling and flying over the green towards the quarry. 10:17.

Conor MacKenzie
Sparrowhawk Otmoor rspb courtesy of Alec Nightingale.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Waterstock: River Thame: 24th March

Waterstock: River Thame
Green Sandpiper: Private site. 10:00.
2 Oystercatcher: Private site. 10:00.

Nick Marriner

Farmoor: 24th March a.m.

Little Gull 


2  Mediterranean Gulls  (1st Winter + Nr Adult Summer) thanks to SNT
1 Little Gull (Adult Winter)
1 Wheatear

Waterstock: River Thame: 24th March

Waterstock: River Thame
Jack Snipe: Private site. 10:00.
4 Raven: Private site. 10:00.
Mandarin Duck: Private site. 10:00.

Nick Marriner


3 Wheatear on Lollingdon Hill
6 Fieldfare, Lollingdon Hill
1 Little Owl nearby
2 Blackcap
1 Raven over

Sonning Eye GPs: 24th March

Sonning Eye GPs
5 Mandarin Duck: 4m+1f.
4 Oystercatcher

Marek Walford
Redshank Otmoor rspb courtesy of Andy Last.

Standlake Pit 60: 24th March

Standlake Pit 60
Little Ringed Plover: Foy?

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor rspb 24th March

Mediterranean Gull (adult) Big Otmoor
Little-ringed Plover Big Otmoor
Black-tailed Godwit (per Ian Elkins)
Golden Plover (per Ian Elkins)
Oystercatcher 2
Little Egret
Curlew 4
Pintail 8
Marsh Harrier 2
Water Rail
Sand Martin 2
Cetti's Warbler

Grass Snake along the bridleway.

Distant adult Med Gull.

Appleford New Workings 24th March

2 Oystercatcher
Green Sandpiper

Michael Violette
Wheatear Farmoor Res courtesy of John Workman.

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 24th March

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
2 Shelduck
21 Grey Heron: at least 14 nests on the island.

Bob Pomfret

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 24th March

Little Gull still present 13:35 (per RBA)

10:14 Jeremy Dexter

Devil's Punchbowl & Environs: 24th March

5 Wheatear (poss. 10, but I'm guessing the 2nd "lose group of 5" I encountered had made a short journey North)

18 Skylark
18 Meadow Pipit (song & display flight)
5 Lapwing
9 Corn Bunting
3 Reed Bunting

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Worton: 23rd March

23rd March

Red-crested Pochard: m. SP460112. 16:30.
Red-crested Pochard: m. SP460112. 04:30.
Smew: f. SP460112. 04:30.
4 Shelduck: SP460112. 04:30.
2 Pintail: m + f. SP460112. 04:30.
Pochard: f. SP460112. 04:30.

Malcolm Teal

Lollingdon Hill Cholsey 23rd March

Courtesy of Alan Dawson.

Wheatear 3 (2m)

(per Paul Chandler) 

Cholsey Wildlife

Courtesy of Alan Dawson

Standlake: 23rd March

Blackcap: m. In song on shifford lane at 6pm.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor rspb 23rd March

2ndw Med Gull.

Mediterranean Gull (2ndw) with the Black-headed Gulls on the Noke sheep fields then again on
Big Otmoor late morning.

Marsh Harrier 3
Oystercatcher 2
Redshank 10+
Shelduck 2
Cetti's Warbler 3+
Sand Martin 6+
Wheatear (m) Noke sheep fields

(Andy Last, Badger)

Distant Wheatear.

Henley Road GPs: 23rd March

6 Brambling: 6+ possibly many more in the bushes on the wasteland of the old depot. 17:20.

Marek Walford

New Marston: New Marston Meadows: 23rd March

New Marston: New Marston Meadows
Jack Snipe: Marshy field with cycle track.

Tom Evans

Appleford New Workings 23rd March

Oystercatcher 2
Snipe 3
Green Sandpiper 

Farmoor Reservoir: 23rd March

Farmoor Reservoir
Mediterranean Gull: 1w.
3 Goldeneye: 1 male; 2 fem.

Ian Elkins

Churn: 23rd March

Grey Partridge

Michael Violette

Friday, 22 March 2019

Grimsbury Res: 22nd March - Wheatear

Single male Wheatear present all day
1m Little Ringed Plover
1 Sand Martin about early am only

Chinnor: Cement Works: 22nd March

Courtesy of David Stracey. 

Little Ringed Plover: Lake 2b.

(per David Stracey)

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd March

Avocet still present on F1 at 16:04 (per Conor Mackenzie)
Avocet On F2 10:26 (per Jeremy Dexter)

Courtesy of Jeremy Dexter.

Courtesy of Jeremy Dexter 

I'm sure there will be better pictures  but most unusual to see an Avocet (male?) swimming and feeding in the middle of F2.

Courtesy of Dai.

Grimsbury Reservoir 22nd March

Little-ringed Plover (m) 

c15:30 (per Colin Wilkinson) 

Port Meadow: 22nd March

Port Meadow
Little Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin
2 Oystercatcher
4 Redshank

Adam Hartley

Waterstock: River Thame: 19th March

Waterstock: River Thame
2 Oystercatcher: Private site. 09:00.

Nick Marriner

Standlake Common : am 22nd March

+7 singing chiffchaff
singing blackcap

Pit 60
4 oystercatchers
2 sand martin
2 goosander


Sarsgrove: 21st March

20 Meadow Pipit: At least 20 birds in small flocks across the fields today in a bit if a mini-fall - such elegant little birds. 10:30.
31 Golden Plover: Overhead heading South. 10:30.

Steve Akers

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Otmoor 20th March

2 Ringed Plover out in the centre of Big Otmoor.

Ardley lake and pool by waste plant 21st March

1 Green Sandpiper
2 Cormorant
22 Tufted Duck
2 Gadwall
4 Teal
9 Canada Geese

Alan Peters

Bicester Wetland Reserve 21st March

2 Little Ringed Plover -first of the year at reserve
2 Green Sandpiper

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Radley GPs 21st March

Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 10+
Little Egret 
Shoveler 10+
Teal c30
Chiffchaff 3+
Cetti's Warbler yesterday

Otmoor rspb 21st March

Marsh Harrier 2
Shelduck 2
Oystercatcher 2
Brambling along bridleway c50 metres 
east of the hide. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Port Meadow: 20th March

Port Meadow
Little Ringed Plover: At midday (but no sign early evening).
3 Redshank
2 Oystercatcher
4 Shelduck
115 Golden Plover

Adam Hartley

Farmoor F1: 20th March am

Med Gull

1 or possibly 2  Mediterranean Gulls (1st winter) with Black Headed Gulls on F1

Pit 60, 20th March

Marsh Harrier  f/j
Egyptian Geese 2
Snipe 4+
Goldeneye 2m 2f
Goosander  2m 3f

Clackers, Mrs Clackers & A State

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th March

Grimsbury Reservoir
Little Ringed Plover: male. Along W shore early morning. Also 5-6 Chiffchaff.

John Friendship-Taylor

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Farmoor March 19th 6pm

White Wagtail - 1 on causeway
Goldeneye 9 (3 drakes)

Sent from my iPhone

Port Meadow: 19th March

19th March

Port Meadow
3 Oystercatcher 14:30.
3 Redshank 14:45.
4 Black-tailed Godwit: Good views for 5 minutes feeding at edge of floods before they flew off. 15:00.
Dunlin 15:15.

Andrew Siantonas

Rushey Common lake, 19th March

Oystercatcher 4 ( 2 pairs)
Shelduck  2
Great White Egret

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Oxford: 19th March

2 kingfishers very vocal and active around Magdalen bridge, 8:40am.

Farmoor 19th March

Med Gull 1st w  ( F2 )


Monday, 18 March 2019

Port Meadow: 18th March

Port Meadow
8 Shelduck
2 Oystercatcher
4 Golden Plover
1 Black-tailed Godwit

Adam Hartley, Ben Sandford-Smith

18th March Water Eaton

A Grey Partridge was calling several times from the crop fields next to the track from Banbury Road towards Water Eaton Manor at dusk this evening; first I've encountered in the area.

Nick Boyd

Lark Hill 18th March

2 Wheatear (males)

: 17th March

2 Raven: pair. SP284285. 17:30.

Steve Akers

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Worton: 17th March

17th March

2 Pintail: pair. SP460112.
7 Goldeneye: 3m, 4f. SP460112.
3 Sand Martin: SP460112. 07:10.
3 Chiffchaff: SP460112.

Derek Evans

Baulking Pit: 17th March

Terrible grab of a 2W Med. Gull present this evening

Farmoor Reservoir: 17th March

Farmoor Reservoir
4 Sand Martin: SP445059. 14:30.
2 Swallow: SP445059. 14:30.
Redshank: SP445059. 14:30.
Water Rail: SP445059. 14:30.

Paul Butler

Farmoor 17th March


Shrike Meadow

Sparrowhawk 1m
Kingfisher 1m
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Green Woodpecker 2
Common Snipe 1
Water Rail 1
Common Chiffchaff 2

Farmoor 2

Sand Martin 1 @ 0850

: 17th March

3 Whooper Swan: At distance in fields with 2 mute swans. I'm not sure these are in Oxon? Are these Barry's from the newsletter? SP268001.

Mick Cunningham

Chinnor: Cement Works: 17th March

Chinnor: Cement Works
3 Chiffchaff: SU751996.

Jez March

Farmoor 17th March

Great White Egret : Shrike Meadow.

Anne and Dai.

Blewbury: 17th March

2 Little Egret: In trees around Old Mill lake. Viewable from main road. SU533862. 10:00.

Gerry Quinn

Sonning Eye GPs: 17th March

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Oystercatcher 13:35.
Goosander: rh. 13:35.

Marek Walford
Great spotted Woodpecker courtesy of Anthony Morris.

Wether Down: 17th March

Swallow, over East.

Otmoor: 17th March am

Black-tailed Godwit  17  flew across in front of the first screen. 
Swallow  3
Red Kite Stonesfield courtesy of Wreny.

New Marston: New Marston Meadows: 17th March

17th March

New Marston: New Marston Meadows
Chiffchaff: Species 70 for the site this year.

16th March
Raven: Briefly around Magdalen Fellows' Garden.

Tom Evans

17th March Port Meadow WeBS Count

Lots of disturbance by dogs and photographers

Black-headed Gull     300    
Canada Goose     1    
Common Gull     2    
Cormorant     1    
Greylag Goose     126    
Lesser Black-backed Gull     8    
Mallard     13    
Moorhen     3    
Mute Swan     2    
Oystercatcher     2    
Redshank     1    
Teal     165    
Wigeon     460    

Total number of species: 13    
Individuals: 1084
Goosander on the Thames at Farmoor courtesy of John Workman.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Standlake Pit 60: 16th March

Standlake Pit 60
23 Goosander: Late pm Cracking sparrowhawk raiding my garden feeders too.

Mick Cunningham

Sonning Eye GPs: 16th March

Sonning Eye GPs
Goosander: rh.

Henley Road GPs

Marek Walford

Otmoor 16th March

Big Otmoor:
10+ Redshank
1 Peregrine
2 Marsh Harrier
5+ Pintail
2 Cetti's Warbler

Sent from my iPhone

Farmoor 16th March

9 Goldeneye


Friday, 15 March 2019

Aston Rowant NNR 15th March

Wheatear Beacon Hill (per RBA) 

Standlake Pit 60: am 15th March

Peregrine feeding on same kill as Wednesday then flew off after extensive bathing
2 Curlew
2 Oystercatcher
7 Goosander