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July 13th Great white Egret Pit 60...Talks: 11th Sep: OOS "Great Bustards"

Thursday, 22 August 2019

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


Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 19th August

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Green Sandpiper: Single feeding in quarry wetland. 13:41.

Steve Holliday

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Benson: 18th August

Whinchat: Found by AH Brampton. 22:31.

Thomas Stevenson

Farmoor 18th August

Med Gull f2.

Cassington: A40: 18th August

Cassington: A40
Common Sandpiper 19:28.

John Taylor

Farmoor 18th PM

3 Yellow Wagtail
1 Common Sandpiper

Sent from my iPhone
Kingfisher Lower Radley courtesy of Mark Chivers.

Sonning Eye GPs: 18th August

Sonning Eye GPs
Common Sandpiper: At the triangle. 16:30.

Marek Walford

Pit 60: Sunday 18th August

Wheatear 1

Garsington: Kings Copse Park: 18th August

Garsington: Kings Copse Park
2 Raven: SP570021. 12:40.

Peter Law

Sarsgrove: 18th August

Redstart: Male (female also possibly still present). Elusive but very active when no disturbance. Emerged from cover and perched in sun. Lovely views. SP304251. 10:45.
2 Yellowhammer: m and f. SP304251. 10:45.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir: 18th August

Farmoor Reservoir
Yellow Wagtail 09:36.
2 Common Sandpiper
Shoveler 4

Mike Youngman

Lark Hill, Wantage: 17 August

1 Wheatear
On underground reservoir, despite 'works'

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Otmoor rspb 17th August

Courtesy of Luke O'Byrne.

Black-tailed Godwit 1st screen c08:45 (per Luke O'Byrne)

Sarsgrove: 17th August

2 Redstart: pair. Still present but elusive. Only breaking cover from hedge to catch insects then returning quickly. SP304251. 16:30.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir 17th August

Sanderling 2 (juv) 

Friday, 16 August 2019

Red Kite Survey

A Swansea final year student is doing a Red Kite survey as part of conservation research for this species. It would be very helpful for conservation efforts if people could do this survey, it takes less than 5 minutes. 

To do the survey please click here.

Lollingdon: 16th Aug

2 Common Redstart
1 Lesser Whitethroat
2+ Spotted Flycatcher

Farmoor Reservoir 16th August

1030-1400 hrs

Sanderling 2 juveniles
Dunlin 3  all juveniles
Common Sandpiper 1

Common Swift 30+
Sand Martin 300+
House Martin 250+
Swallow 50+

Yellow legged Gull 2
Common Tern 1

: 16th August

Long Wittenham Weir
2 Reed Warbler: Feeding young well hidden in pipe reed. SU540939. 09:43.

John Taylor

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Farmoor Reservoir 15th August

1500-1800 hrs

Sanderling 2

Juvenile Sanderling

Dunlin 7
Common Sandpiper 4

Black Tern 1
Common Tern 4
Yellow legged Gull 3
Northern Shoveler 1

Northern Wheatear 1

Farmoor Reservoir 15th August

Black Tern F2 17:20 (per Dai) 

Otmoor rspb 15th August

Black-tailed Godwit 4 17:07 1st scn
Snipe 6
Little Egret 2

(per Terry Tossell) 

Farmoor Reservoir: 09:30 - 13:00, 14th Aug

2 Sanderling (juv) by sailing club
5 Dunlin along F2 causeway
1 Northern Wheatear on causeway

Juvenile Sanderling

Sleepy Dunlin group

Northern Wheatear

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Farmoor Reservoir 14th August

1415-1530 hrs

Sanderling 2  juveniles
Dunlin 9   2 adults / 7 juveniles
Common Sandpiper 4

Common Swift 9
House Martin 60+
Sand Martin 40+
Swallow 3

Common Tern 1

Juvenile Sanderlings

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 14th August

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Greenshank: Also 35 lapwing (incl leucistic bird) and a snipe flew through. 13:50.

Steve Holliday

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

: 3rd August

Hobby: hunting insects with, but ignoring, House Martins.

Sarsgrove: 13th August

2 Redstart: pair. Very elusive - male most active and still present at 19:00.
3 Raven: A pair circling and cronking overhead; a single bird much higher riding the thermals. 13:00.
5 Buzzard: 3 birds over the wood; 2 riding same thermal as the lone Raven. 13:00.
2 Red Kite 13:00.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir 13th August

Black Tern 8 midmorning (per Dai) 
Turnstone juv
Ringed Plover 
Dunlin 5
Common Sandpiper 

(per Ewan Urquhart) 

: 13th August

Burnt Platt Wood
Raven: Good to see after couple of month's absence. SU692833. 11:59.

John Taylor

Monday, 12 August 2019

: 12th August

Turville Heath
3 Spotted Flycatcher: m 1f. Plus juvenile - may have been more but hiding in firs. SU741910. 19:23.

Turville Heath
2 Iberian Chiffchaff: 2m. SU741910. 19:23.

John Taylor

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Woodway: 11th August

Yellow Wagtail: Possibly more than 1 as calls heard a few 100 yards apart, but only I bird- actually seen. 21:05.

Mick Cunningham

Waterstock: 11th August

Yellow Wagtail 07:30.
Common Sandpiper 07:30.
2 Spotted Flycatcher 07:30.

Nick Marriner

Waterstock: River Thame: 11th August

Waterstock: River Thame
2 Reed Warbler 07:30.
3 Raven 07:30.
2 Hobby 07:30.

Nick Marriner

Farmoor: 16:30 - 17:50, 11th Aug

Juvenile Turnstone on F2 causeway

Farmoor Reservoir: 11th August

Farmoor Reservoir
2 Turnstone 09:10.
6 Common Sandpiper 09:10.

Mike Youngman

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Swerford Heath: 10th August

Swerford Heath
100 House Martin: 100+ adults and young birds hunting in two large groups over wheat fields and above trees beside B4031. SP397317. 18:00.

Steve Akers

Nether Worton: 10th August

Nether Worton
9 Spotted Flycatcher: Estimate 4 adults; 5 juveniles near the Church - adults feeding young birds. 16:00.

Steve Akers

Farmoor, 10th August


Black Tern juv

Swift (50+0
Sand Martin (250+)
House Martin (25+)
Common Sandpiper (2)

Farmoor Reservoir: 10th August

Farmoor Reservoir
Hobby 14:24.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor Reservoir 10th August

Black Tern juv c 09:40 (per Nick Truby) 

Shrike Meadow - 9 August am


Kingfisher (c) Stephen Burch

Friday, 9 August 2019

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 9th August

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
3 Yellow Wagtail: juvs.
3 Yellow-legged Gull: At least 3 adults.

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
3 Ringed Plover: on margin.
3 Common Sandpiper: on margin.
Dunlin: with the Ringed Plovers.

Anthony Cheke

Farmoor Res 9th August

Common Terns - flock of up to 20

Lollingdon: 9th Aug

1 Common Redstart.
3+ Spotted Flycatcher (1ad, 2 juv).
1 Willow Warbler
5 Swift (flyover)

Farmoor Reservoir 9th August

Whimbrel a.m
Ringed Plover
Wheatear 2
Common Tern c20

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill: 9th August

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill
2 Spotted Flycatcher: 1m 1f. 14:03.

John Taylor

Bicester Wetland Reserve 9th August

1 adult Water Rail preening out in the open on main part of reserve, this is the third sighting since 3rd of August, also an advanced juvenile was noted by JFT on the 7th August. Suggesting probable breeding.
8 Green Sandpiper

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve  

Grimsbury Reservoir 9th August

2 Wheatear
3 Swifts
3 juv Grey Wagtail

Alan Peters

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Farmoor Res 7th August

Dunlin 5
Ringed Plover 1
Kingfisher 1
Sparrowhawk 1

Yellow legged Gull 6
Common Tern 1

Chipping Norton: 7th August

Chipping Norton
Peregrine 20:00.

Steve Akers

Lollingdon: 7th Aug

1 Common Redstart
2 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Willow Warbler
Several Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff.

c80 Swallow, c40 House Martin and 4 Swift all south.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Bicester, 6th August

Common Redstart frequenting Ravencroft in Langford Village, feeding on grass verges and in trees. Found by Jon Holt in his garden earlier.

Farmoor Res 6th August


Common Swift 7
Swallow 4
Sanderling 1 - per Dai
Common Sandpiper 7
Yellow legged Gull 10+ various ages
Common Tern 2

Stratfield Brake: 6th August

Stratfield Brake
Redstart: Female type. In field to left of path before reaching the lakes. 10:45.

Jeremy Dexter

: 6th August

3 Spotted Flycatcher: St John's Church ruins. SU610876. 14:19.

John Kearns

Bicester: 6th August

Redstart: m. SP593215. 12:05.

Jon Holt

Otmoor Green Sandpipers

Courtesy of Norman Smith

Monday, 5 August 2019

Farmoor Shrike Meadow 5th August

Juvenile Kingfishers

Lollingdon Hill

1 Common Redstart
5+ Spotted Flycatcher
1 Yellow Wagtail (flyover)

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill: 5th August

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill
3 Yellow Wagtail 19:41.

Brian Walker

Letcombe Bassett: 5th August

Letcombe Bassett
Wheatear: One on the Downs above the village. 19:39.
Spotted Flycatcher: One by cress beds. 19:39.

Brian Walker

Port Meadow: The Perch: 5th August

Port Meadow: The Perch
Barnacle Goose: Amongst a mixed flock of Greylag and Canada geese on river bank. I presume it is the same individual I saw near this location on 18 July. 16:53.

Andrew Siantonas

Enstone: 5th August

Raven 13:00.

Steve Akers

Enstone: 5th August

Raven 13:00.

Steve Akers

Otmoor August 5th am

Black-tailed Godwit 1 
Common Sandpiper 1
Snipe 16
Redshank 3 juveniles 
Common Tern 3 adults 1 well grown chick

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Green Sandpiper Pit 60 this evening.

Appleford: 4th August

Wood Sandpiper 1 juv unfortunately on a private Hanson site.

Farmoor Aug 4th (18:30-20:15)

Med Gull - 1 juv. Possibly a different individual as More advanced in moult than last nights bird?
Sanderling - 1 adult
Oystercatcher - 2
Common Gull - 1 juv
Swift - 4
(Turnstone - 1 as per Dai)

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Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR: 4th August

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR
3 Spotted Flycatcher: 2 adults feeding juvenile. 11:00.

Jackie Newcombe

Upton House: 4th August

Upton House
Redstart 15:01.

Michael Hunt

Farmoor, Sunday 4th August




Common Sandpiper (3)
Oystercatcher (2)

Kingfisher (3)
Yellow Wagtail (6)
Swift (2)
House Martin (50+juvs)

[with The Early Birder]

Old Caley's Diary

: 4th August

RSPB Otmoor
Hobby: SP563130. 12:50.

RSPB Otmoor
Marsh Harrier: SP558138. 12:50.

Richard Teague

Chipping Norton: 3rd August

Chipping Norton
Peregrine 19:00.

Steve Akers

: 4th August

Spotted Flycatcher: In trees by tennis court near Church. SP286282. 10:20.

Hobby: SP286282. 10:20.

Steve Akers

Rushy Common Stanton Harcourt 4th August

Wood Sandpiper 12:27 from the hide 
(per SNT) 

Key holder reserve. 

Rushy Common: 4th August

Wood Sandpiper, 1 from the hide

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Chipping Norton: 3rd August

Chipping Norton
Peregrine 19:00.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Aug 3 (18:30-20:30)

Med Gull - 1 juv appeared to roost on F2
Dunlin - 1 ad and 1 juv
Common sand - 3
Gadwall - 1
Yellow legged Gull - approx 30 of various ages including several juv
Common Gull - 1 (2CY)
Yellow wag - 1

Sent from my iPhone

Sonning Eye GPs: 4th August

Sonning Eye GPs
Yellow-legged Gull: juv. 10:10.

Marek Walford

Friday, 2 August 2019

Farmoor 2nd August

Juvenile Kingfisher

Farmoor Aug 2nd (6-8pm)

Med Gull - 1 juv. Briefly on F1 then later refound on causeway and F2
Yellow wag - 2
Yellow Legged Gull - 10+

Sent from my iPhone

Otmoor: Friday 2nd August

Otmoor 16:30-19:00
3 Green Sandpiper
1 Common Sandpiper
230 Lapwing
6 Common Snipe
1 Little Egret
1 Curlew
2 Common Tern

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Fringford: 1st August

Spotted Flycatcher: SP608278. 21:09.

Phil Tizzard

Chinnor: Cement Works: 1st August

Chinnor: Cement Works
2 Common Sandpiper 18:45.

Mark Mckeown

Lockinge 1st August

Cuckoo (juv)
2 Raven
Grey Wagtail
1+ Spot Fly

All around pool to north of Lockinge Lake. Ravens have bred close to Ardington this summer, raising one juvenile.

Oxford: Christchurch Meadow: 1st August

Oxford: Christchurch Meadow
2 Ring-necked Parakeet: Ring-necked parakeets spotted in Christchurch Meadow in the evening. Looked liked an adult male & female 07:00.

Anna Sremcevic

Farmoor - 31st July

Wood Sandpiper 1 landed on the causeway for 20 seconds after sunset before towering off west
Redshank 1
Turnstone 2
Dunlin 1
Y l Gull 24