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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...

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR: 31st August

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR
2 Spotted Flycatcher: W of M40. SU726964. 17:20.

Richard Haydon
Nuthatch Freeland courtesy of Moth Clark.

Churn: 31st August

Hobby 19:15.

Michael Violette

Farmoor 31st Aug

8 Common Sandpiper
5+ Swift
1 Common Tern

Sent from my iPhone

Common Sandpiper courtesy of John Workman

Otmoor 31st Aug


7 Whinchat
6 Yellow Wagtail
3 Little Ringed Plover
2 Marsh Harrier
13 Snipe

Sent from my iPhone

Friday, 30 August 2019

Bicester Wetland Reserve 30th August

1f Redstart along entrance track, near to red speed bump sign
Also 2 Green Sands, 3 Snipe, 42+ Teal, 1 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret

Keyholder reserve

Muswell Hill, 30th August


Spotted Flycatcher (6)

Common Redstart

Swallow (50+)

Chiffchaff (2)

Old Caley's Diary

Milton 30th August

Osprey WNW of Didcot flew south over Milton (per RBA) 

Freeland 30th August

3 or more spotted flycatchers on the path towards Church Hanborough from the Green (5.30pm)

Spotted flycatcher

Port Meadow: 30th August

30th August

Port Meadow
4 Yellow Wagtail: One bird on river bank just below Godstow Lock. Later saw further 4 birds amongst a group of pied wagtails on "dried up floods" near Aristotle Bridge entrance. 15:30.
Whinchat: Flying and sitting at different points on "dried up floods" near Aristotle Bridge entrance. 15:45.

Andrew Siantonas

Chinnor: Cement Works: 30th August

Chinnor: Cement Works
3 Common Sandpiper: Lake 2b. 09:15.
3 Teal: Lake 2b. First autumn arrivals. 09:15.

David Stracey

Farmoor Reservoir 30th August

In addition to the Black Terns

Hobby 1
Common Sandpiper 3

Farmoor Reservoir 30th August

Black Tern 2 over F2 12:10 (per Ewan Urquhart) 

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park: 29th August

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
Hobby: Over Burgess Field, found by Thomas Miller.

Adam Hartley

Castle Hill, Wheatley to Cuddesdon - 29th Aug

4 Yellow Wagtail at SP604042 @ 10:20, then 11 at SP603035 40 mins later
20+ and 30+ Linnet flocks
Plenty of Swallows
12 Red Kite in newly ploughed field

Yellow Wagtails (record shot)

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 29th August

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
11 Yellow Wagtail: At least 11 on the flying between eaters edge and grassy verge. Probably more. SP440054. 12:34.

Conor MacKenzie

: 29th August

Whinchat: 1 perched on hedgerow. SP449062. 12:17.

Wheatear: On fence post. SP449062. 12:17.

2 Spotted Flycatcher: Flycatching from trees by toilet block. SP449062. 12:17.

Conor MacKenzie

Cholsey: 29th August

Whimbrel: over the village calling, flying south as the early morning mist cleared. 07:10.

Michael Pocock

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Farmoor Reservoir 28th August


Black Tern 5
Green Sandpiper 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Ringed Plover 1
Dunlin 1

Yellow legged Gull 4
Yellow Wagtail 24

Chinnor: Cement Works: 28th August

Chinnor: Cement Works
3 Common Sandpiper: Lake 2b. 09:15.

David Stracey

Farmoor Reservoir: 28th August

Farmoor Reservoir
2 Whinchat: on fence nr lower whitley farm
5 Black Tern
3 Ringed Plover: 1ad 2 juv
6 Common Sandpiper

All F2 08:00-09:15 Stephen Young

Otmoor 28th August

Otmoor 1st screen
3 Little Ringed Plover
1 Hobby
1 Little Egret
247 Lapwing
12 Snipe

Also Redstart along fence.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Appleford New Workings 27th August

Ruff (juv) 
Green Sandpiper 5
Common Sandpiper 
Yellow Wagtail 

No public access but viewable distantly 

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park: 27th August

Mini "fall" later afternoon with loads of birds at the northern end of the reserve.

2 Lesser Whitethroat
Grasshopper Warbler

Adam Hartley, Thomas Miller, Ton Yeh & Matthew Lloyd

Whinchat courtesy of Thomas Miller

Aston Rowant: 27th August

Aston Rowant
4 Spotted Flycatcher 10:00.

Jackie Newcombe

Pit 60 Standlake 26th August

Garganey (juv) yesterday (per SNT) 

Farmoor Reservoir 27th August


Greenshank 1
Ringed Plover 1 circling res
Dunlin 1 juv

Northern Wheatear 1
Yellow Wagtail 5 all juvs
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 8+
Reed Warbler 2+

many Common Chiffchaff and two singing Willow Warbler

Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1f
Little Egret 1
Yellow legged Gull 4+
Greater Black backed Gull 2 adult/juv
Litle Grebe 6
Aberrant Common Coot 1 = mainly white

Monday, 26 August 2019

Nr Muswell Hill 26th August

Pied Flycatcher f/imm briefly this afternoon to the left of the access road to the farm.
Spotted Flycatcher 5+
Redstart f
Willow Warbler 

Southfield Golf Course, Oxford

Pied Flycatcher at 7am, but flew to an area with no public access. Also 2 Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Tom Bedford and Dave Lowe).

Farmoor Reservoir 26th August


Whinchat 1
Northern Wheatear 1
Yellow Wagtail 1

Reed Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Common Whitethroat
Common Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Cetti's Warbler

Common Raven 1
Little Egret 2

Black Tern 5
Common Tern 2
Yellow legged Gull 1

Little ringed Plover 1 flew over reservoir

Kingfisher 3

Bletchingdon 26th August

Sunbathing Red Kite near Bletchingdon courtesy of Liz Hodgson

Southfield Golf Course: 26th August

26th August

Southfield Golf Course
5 Spotted Flycatcher 12:00.
10 Swift 11:45.

Isaac West

Otmoor rspb 26th August

Marsh Harrier 
Little-ringed Plover 3 juv 
Lapwing 177
Green Sandpiper
Snipe c10
Little Egret 

Churn, 26th August


Corn Bunting (20+)

Linnet (200+)

Northern Bobwhite Quail!!!

Farmoor 26th PM

1 Wheatear
1 Little Ringed Plover (juv)
5+ Yellow Wagtails
3 Common Sandpiper
Lesser whitethroat

No sign of Black Terns
Pied Flycatcher Reported early am

Stanton Harcourt: 26th August

Stanton Harcourt
Spotted Flycatcher: Flycatching from hedge adjacent to entrance to new housing development opposite cemetery. Scant reward for checking a fair few N-S hedgerows near home. 14:25.

Mick Cunningham

Bicester Wetland Reserve 26th August

7 Snipe
6 Green Sandpiper
1 Heron
12 Teal

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Pit 60: 26 August

Whinchat 1
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Common Sandpiper 1

Otmoor 26th

4+ Redstart
1 Wheatear
1 Spotted Flycatcher

Otmoor Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler courtesy of John Workman

Balscote: 26th August

Redstart: Female in garden nr balscote per M Tapper. 10:00.

Michael Hunt

Farmoor Reservoir 26th August

Black Tern 5 over F2 09:43
Whinchat nr car park 3

(per Ewan Urquhart)

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill: 26th August

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill
Common Sandpiper: Flushed after a few minutes of watching. 07:47.
2 Green Sandpiper: One flushed with common sand after a few minutes. The other still on the North pit. 07:47.

Conor MacKenzie

Carterton: 26th August

Wheatear: SP274085. 05:59.

George Best

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Bernwood Forest: 25th August

Bernwood Forest
2 Spotted Flycatcher 13:00.
Hobby 13:00.

Mike Prentice

Farmoor Reservoir 25th August

5 Spotted Flycatcher : Family group.

Bicester Wetland Reserve 25th August

5 Green Sandpiper

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Ardington and Lark Hill 25th August

Pied Flycatcher calling from Elms outside Ardington village shop 13:50, departed to SW

Lark Hill:

Redstart (m)
5 Wheatear
4+ Willow Warbler

Launton: 25th August

Hobby: Desperately trying to catch Swallows that were hawking insects over the railway line the hobby in spectacular twists and turns. 12:07.

Michael Hunt

East Challow: 25th August

East Challow
Yellow Wagtail: Flyover. 11:07.

Mark Merritt

Gramp's Hill: 25th Aug. early AM

2 Tree Pipit (together, low flyover, not relocated)
Redstart (f)
8 Yellow Wagtail (at reservoir)
8 Meadow Pipit (at reservoir)
6 Corn Bunting
6 Willow Warbler
2 Raven

Otmoor rspb 25th August

Great white Egret 2
Greenshank 17
Little-ringed Plover 2 juv
Green Sandpiper 
Common Sandpiper 
Snipe 12+
Lapwing c100

(per Bark and the Otmoor massive)

Farmoor Reservoir: 25th August

Farmoor Reservoir
7 Black Tern 09:29.
Little Ringed Plover: j. 09:29.
5 Yellow Wagtail 09:29.

Mike Youngman

Farmoor Reservoir 25th August

Black Tern 12+ over F2 09:15 (per Dai) 

Standlake Pit 60: 25th August

Standlake Pit 60
Sedge Warbler: Forgot to add sedge to flock that contained Reed warbler, lesser throat, willow warblers chiffs and blackcaps. 08:54.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake Pit 60: 25th August

Standlake Pit 60
3 Willow Warbler: Together in mixed warbler flock. 08:11.
12 Chiffchaff: 4 in mixed warbler flock near LL hide rest with blackcaps n end LL. 08:11.
8 Blackcap: 4 in mixed warbler flock near LL hide rest at n end LL. 08:11.

Mick Cunningham

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Farmoor Reservoir 24th August

In addition to the Black Terns

Common Sandpiper 2
Kingfisher 2 poss 3 (not Shrike Meadow)
Barnacle Goose 26
Little Egret 2

Aston Upthorpe: Juniper Valley: 24th August

Aston Upthorpe: Juniper Valley
3 Spotted Flycatcher: SU544838. 20:31.

Michael Violette

Otmoor 24th August


Juvenile Little Ringed Plovers

Sedge Warbler

Cutteslowe: 24th August


Adult bird back on site

: 24th August

4 Spotted Flycatcher: Family group amongst hedge line, parallel with Holloway Lane - 60 yards distance in line with Lower Northend Farm. SU738925. 14:43.

John Taylor

Otmoor: 24th August

24th August

2 Greenshank: First screen. 10:00.
3 Whinchat: Greenaways. 11:00.

Jackie Newcombe

Farmoor. 24th. August.

Some of the 60+ Black Terns present on the reservoir this morning.

c96 Black Terns had passed through the reservoir by 13:55 with c30 present
at 16:30 (per Ewan).


Whinchat and Wheatear found by Alan Dawson alongside the Bunk Line. (PC&AD)

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 24th August

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Hobby: Hawking above the pools. 11:13.

Graeme Porter

Gramp's Hill: 24th Aug early AM

Tree Pipit (present for at least 15 mins)
Redstart (f)
3 Yellow Wagtail
4 Raven
4 Willow Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Corn Bunting

All 3 common Hirundines over in varying numbers.

Farmoor Reservoir 24th August

Black Tern c60 F2 09:45 (per Dai)

Sonning Eye GPs: 24th August

Sonning Eye GPs
Common Sandpiper: Heard. 09:40.

Marek Walford

Otmoor rspb 24th August

Little-ringed Plover 2 both juv
Snipe 6
Nene 2 still

Letcombe Bassett 24th August

Tree Pipit Gramps Hill track south of Ridgeway 07:19 (per Mark Merritt) 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Farmoor Reservoir: 22nd August

Farmoor Reservoir

Little Tern c19:27 F2 (per Thomas Miller)
Mediterranean Gull: juv moulting to 1w. Flew south. Must've been 3k large gulls too. 20:59.

Mick Cunningham

Little Tern video courtesy of Thomas Miller

Lark Hill 22nd August

4 Redstart
3 Wheatear
Willow Warbler

Otmoor: Pill Ground: 22nd August

Otmoor: Pill Ground
4 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Whinchat fem
2 Wheatear

13:40 (Mark Pidgeon)

Didcot Landfill: 21st August

3 Caspian Gulls. Yesterday's tea-coloured juv, a small whiter juv and a 1st-s/2nd-w.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Farmoor Causeway: 21st August (Evening)

1 Black Tern - juv
1 Hobby
1 Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin
3 Yellow Wagtail

For the second time this week I have had to rescue a distressed Great Crested Grebe from the causeway tarmac. Despite continuous flapping these birds seem unable to take off or climb the concrete wall. Quite why this is happening I'm not sure but other people have reported the same experience in previous years. A large jacket over the bird will calm it down and allow you to safely return it to the water's edge.

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill: 21st August

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill
Green Sandpiper: Still on North pit. 17:04.

Conor MacKenzie

Lollingdon: 21st Aug

15 Spotted Flycatcher present (poss 18). 3 groups scattered around and actively feeding.

2 Common Redstart nearby.
1 Yellow Wagtail (flyover).

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park: 21st August

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
Spotted Flycatcher: still present late morning. 11:57.

Adam Hartley & Thomas Miller

courtesy of Gnome

Stanton St. John: 21st August

Stanton St. John
Raven: One over calling. 10:56.

David Brown

Bicester Wetland Reserve 21st August

1 Common Snipe (first of the autumn)
4 Green Sandpiper
13 Moorhen
5 Teal

Alan peters
Key Holder Reserve

Didcot Landfill - 20th August

Caspian Gull - the first juv of the season

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Otmoor, 20th August

The Pill, 17-18:00

Whinchat (6)

Common Redstart (1)
Wheatear (1)
Goldfinch (100+)
Linnet (50+)

Port Meadow 19th/20th August

Port Meadow 19th
2 Yellow Wagtail in amongst the cattle at the southern end

Burgess Field 19th
2 Spotted Flycatcher mid evening, found by Thomas Miller

Burgess Field 20th
1+ Spotted Flycatcher still present late morning near the spoil heap half way along the western edge where the cinder path starts to bend round to the right.

Spotted Flycatcher still present in Burgess Field late afternoon (Ton Yeh and Mary MacDougall)

Lark Hill 20th August

2 Redstart
2 Wheatear
2 Lesser Whitethroat
8+ Common Whitethroat
Willow Warbler
2juv Reed Bunting

Farmoor 20th August

A few more of the most photographed bird in oxfordshire!

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill: 20th August

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill
2 Green Sandpiper: Still on northern pit. 13:38.

Conor MacKenzie

: 20th August

Greyhone Wood
Raven: SU698836. 12:59.

John Taylor

Otmoor 20th August

Wheatear c9 still 08:40 (per Bark) 

Monday, 19 August 2019

Otmoor 19th Evening


Green Sandpiper (h)
2 Marsh Harrier

Sent from my iPhone

Farmoor Reservoir 19th August

Juvenile Sanderling

Juvenile Dunlin


Common Redstart,
Spotted Flycatcher,
Common Whitethroat,
Lesser Whitethroat,
Sedge Warbler,
Willow Warbler,
4 Raven,
6 Swift
1 Hobby (per Dave Mags).

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits: 19th August

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits
2 Green Sandpiper 19:09.

Conor MacKenzie

: 19th August

Aston Tirrold to Lollingdon Track
3 Spotted Flycatcher: SU567854. 17:43.

John Taylor

Otmoor 19th August

13 Wheatear
4 Redstart
3 Whinchat
160+ Goldfinch flock
Little Egret