Sightings and Photos

To submit sightings to this blog if you are not an authorised contributor please use the Going Birding service.
To Submit Photos or Video to this blog please email jasoncppk 'at' or adamchartley 'at'

July 6th Garganey Appleford GPs...Quail Segsbury...June 23rd 3 Quail Crog Hill...16th Garganey Farmoor Reservoir...May 18th HOOPOE Twyford...14th RED-FOOTED FALCON Piddington...Curlew Sandpiper Farmoor Reservoir...

Friday, 31 May 2019

LWV Pit 10: 31st May

LWV Pit 10
Cuckoo: m. Singing around pit 10/willow lake. 21:20.

Mick Cunningham

Radley GPs 31st May

Common Tern 2
Garden Warbler 
Cetti's Warbler 

Bicester Wetland Reserve 31st May

1 Little Ringed Plover
7 warbler species including:
2 singing Cetti's Warblers and Garden Warbler
11 Gadwall
1 adult 1 juv Little Grebe
1 Green Woodpecker

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 31st May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 08:37.

David Brown

Chinnor: Chinnor Hill: 31st May

Chinnor: Chinnor Hill
Stonechat 08:32.

John Taylor

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Chinnor: Cement Works: 30th May

Willow Warbler courtesy of David Stracey

Chinnor: Cement Works
2 Little Ringed Plover: Lake 2b. 20:18.
Little Egret: Lake 3. 20:18.

Oakley Hill nr Chinnor
Willow Warbler: 1 singing on the reserve. 20:18.

David Stracey
Swift over Stonesfield courtesy of Paul Wren.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Buckland: 29th May

Grey Partridge: SP345012. 12:39.

Mick Cunningham

Wednesday 29th - Farmoor

Turnstone - on the causeway, 8.30 am

Sarsgrove: 29th May

Oystercatcher: Piping loudly flying over NW - highly unusual here - a definite first for the patch!!! 08:15.

Steve Akers

Monday, 27 May 2019

Sarsgrove: 27th May

3 Raven: Adult pair with juv. 10:45.
Kestrel: f. 10:45.

Steve Akers

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 27th May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 14:16.

David Brown

Blenheim: Combe Gate: 24th May

Blenheim: Combe Gate
Spotted Flycatcher: ad. single, just inside Combe Gate. 12:07.

Anthony Cheke

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 26th May

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
3 Sanderling 19:00.
Garden Warbler: male. 19:00.
2 Dunlin 19:00.
Cuckoo 19:00.
2 Red-crested Pochard: male. 19:00.

Isaac West

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 26th May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 05:36.

David Brown

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Farmoor Reservoir 25th May


1230- 1330hrs

Sanderling 1
Dunlin 2
Ringed Plover 2

Common Tern 5

Otmoor rspb 25th May

Great white Egret in reedbed near 2nd screen
09:41 (per Ewan Urquhart)

Garganey (per RBA)

Friday, 24 May 2019

Farmoor Reservoir 24th May



Sanderling 2
Dunlin 2
Common Sandpiper 1
Greater Black backed Gull 2 adult and 2cal year
Common Tern 2

1700 -1730hrs

Ringed Plover 1


Sanderling 7
Ringed Plover 7
Dunlin 4
Common Sandpiper 2

Yellow Wagtail 2
Grey Wagtail 4

Otmoor RSPB 24th May

 Two of the four Bitterns flying around

Four Bitterns in the air together high above Greenaways

Bittern 5 - four flying around in circles for ten minutes during which they split into two
                 pairs whilst another was walking across a wet field into reeds on Greenaways 
Marsh Harrier 2 m & f
Common Raven 1
Curlew 2
Oystercatcher 1
Cuckoo 3m
Garden Warbler 2m

Otmoor 24th May

3 Garganey (2m, 1f)
3 Marsh Harrier (m, f & 1st summer m)
Grasshopper Warbler (Morley’s, another reported near hide)
5+ Cetti’s Warbler
7+ Cuckoo
2+ Curlew
5+ Hobby

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 24th May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 12:35.

David Brown

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Farmoor Reservoir 23rd May

Whimbrel courtesy of John Workman.

Whimbrel 2 on F1 14:15 (per John Workman)

Stanton St. John: 23rd May

Stanton St. John
Cuckoo: Holly Wood. 20:24.

David Brown

Radley GP: 23rd May

Radley GP
Cuckoo: SU520969. 16:00.

Peter Law

Kirtlington: Golf Course: 23rd May

Kirtlington: Golf Course
Cuckoo: Calling from behind 3rd tee by the canal. 09:15.

Laurie Bryant

South Leigh: 22nd May

South Leigh
Cuckoo 21:00.

Richard Catling

: 23rd May

Abingdon: Barton Fields
Cuckoo: SU512970. 10:00.

Peter Law

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 23rd May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 13:09.

David Brown

Otmoor rspb 23rd May

Bittern (Greenaways) 
Ringed Plover (Greenaways) 
Grasshopper Warbler reeling in Morley. 

Beckley: 23rd May

Cuckoo: One calling on Woodperry. 10:05.

David Brown

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Farmoor Res 21st May


Ringed Plover 4
Dunlin 2

Common Tern 6
Red crested Pochard 2 pair
Water Rail 1
Cuckoo 1
Yellow Wagtail 2
Garden Warbler 3m
Whitethroat courtesy of John Workman.

Appleford New Workings 21st May

Ringed Plover 2
Little-ringed Plover 2
Egyptian Goose 2
Common Tern 2
Yellow Wagtail 2+
Sedge Warbler

Otmoor rspb 21st May

Garganey still present this morning (per RBA) 

Carterton: 21st May

2 Yellow Wagtail: SP273085. 05:36.
4 Corn Bunting: SP273085. 05:36.

George Best

Monday, 20 May 2019

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