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Jan 14th ROSE-COLOURED STARLING Botley...Iceland Gull Dix Pit...Caspian Gull Port Meadow & Dix Pit...Great northern Diver nr Pangbourne Jan...

Wednesday, 16 January 2019


Little Egret again out at Lollingdon. Also 1 (the same?) yesterday close to Cholsey village.

a female Blackcap in the garden.

Port Meadow 15th January

Caspian Gull 2w (not the usual 1w bird) on the Meadow yesterday evening

per Thomas Miller

Bucknell 16th January

Barn Owl @ 07:20 hunting along Ardley road verge.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Broughton Castle nr Banbury 15th January

5+ Brambling in mixed flock of 30+ Chaffinch at Broughton Castle (per Ian Hobday) 

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course: 15th January

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course
Short-eared Owl: Found by Luke M. 16:00.
Woodcock: Found by Luke M. 16:00.
4 Yellowhammer: Found by Luke M. 16:00.

Nick Marriner

Chinnor: Cement Works: 15th January

Chinnor: Cement Works
12 Common Gull 13:00.
110 Teal 13:00.
7 Pochard 13:00.

Nick Marriner

Harwell Laboratory: 15th January

Harwell Laboratory
4 Brambling: At least 4 in with c.25 Chaffinches.

Mark Merritt

Bicester Wetland Reserve 15th January

1 Cetti's Warbler
190 Teal
6 Gadwall
5 Shoveler
1 Heron
3 Little Grebe
16 Moorhen

key Holder reserve
Alan Peters

Harwell Laboratory: Rutherford Laboratory: 15th January

Harwell Laboratory: Rutherford Laboratory
2 Raven

Mark Merritt

Monday, 14 January 2019

Port Meadow: 14th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w. Same bird with the injured leg again this evening.

Adam Hartley

Dix Pit 14th January

Iceland Gull 2nd winter
Iceland Gull 2nd winter
Caspian Gull adult

Botley Oxford 14th January

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING still present on Crabtree Road (per RBA).

Oxonbirding Christmas Curry 12th January

Thank you to all who came along to the annual gathering of Oxon birders and made it such a great evening. Once again the impeccably turned out Mr Bedford hosted the photographic county review 
of the year with style and panache whilst presiding over the 2018 awards for birding excellence.

For a full account of the hi's and woes, the winners and the boozers, be sure to check out 
Toms blog  Out of the Blue

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course: 14th January

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course
Short-eared Owl: Flushed from scrub alongside rough fields behind bridleway. 15:00.
5 Teal 15:00.
8 Yellowhammer 15:00.
Raven 15:00.
4 Grey Partridge 15:00.
25 Gadwall 15:00.
125 Wigeon 15:00.
13 Meadow Pipit 15:00.

Nick Marriner

Rushy Common: 14th January

Courtesy of Mick Cunningham.

Great White Egret: On far shore, opposite hide.

Mick Cunningham

Blenheim Park 14th January

Great white Egret 
Little Egret 3
Pintail 3 (m) 
Brambling 1+

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Port Meadow: 13th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w. Same bird as yesterday. Bird has injured left leg 16:00
Yellow-legged Gull 2
Shelduck 2

(per Thomas Miller, Terry Tossell)

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 13th January

Caspian Gull (ad) again on Dix Pit c14:35 (per Ian Smith). 

Standlake 13th Jan

Great White Egret
2 Goldeneye

15+ Goosander
120+ Red Crested Pochard

Worton: 13th January

2 Shelduck: SP460110.
2 Egyptian Goose: SP460110.
200 Shoveler: SP460110.
150 Wigeon: SP460110.
2 Pochard: SP460110.
4 Goldeneye: 2 pairs. SP460110.
100 Lapwing: SP460110.

Derek Evans

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Port Meadow: 12th January

Port Meadow
100 Barnacle Goose
3 Yellow-legged Gull: ad.
Caspian Gull: 1w. The same bird as last night. Seems to have an injured left leg.
8 Golden Plover

Adam Hartley

Port Meadow 12th January

Caspian Gull (1stw) again this afternoon (per RBA). 

: 12th January

3 Woodcock: SP616156. 14:00.

Colin Oram

Pit 60 Standlake 12th January

Great white Egret (per RBA) 

Sarsgrove: 12th January

2 Raven: One over the wood. Another over farmland and the valley. Cronking noisily. 11:30.

Steve Akers

Stratfield Brake: 12th January

Stratfield Brake
Pintail: drk.
Pochard: fem.
30 Redwing
Cetti's Warbler

Derek Evans

Port Meadow: 12th January

Port Meadow
Merlin: Flying over very fast, eastwards, vanishing over Burgess Field. SP490085. 09:00.

Steve Goddard

Otmoor 12th Jan

2 Nuthatch - Noke woods
2 Yellowhammer
1 Stonechat
1 Pintail
1 Marsh Harrier.

Sent from my iPhone

: 12th January

Mount Owen road near Yelford
Merlin: Flew low north scattering numerous birds. SP331066.

Mick Cunningham

Dix Pit: 12th January

Dix Pit
Caspian Gull: ad. Female?

Mick Cunningham

Friday, 11 January 2019

Chipping Norton: 11th January

Chipping Norton
3 Brambling: 1m, 2f. Still present in small stand of Beech trees to W of CN. 12:40.

Steve Akers

Pit 60 Standlake 11th January

Great white Egret (per RBA) 

Red Kites in Stonesfield courtesy of Paul Wren.

Port Meadow: 11th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w. Same bird as on Monday 7th.
2 Yellow-legged Gull: ad.

Adam Hartley, Thomas Miller

11th Jan Buckland Warren

10-15 flock of Crossbills at 2.0pm 11th Jan Buckland Warren. High in the usual trees and mobile

per Graham Lenton

Piddington Wood: 11th January

Piddington Wood
Woodcock: Flushed. 11:30.

Colin Oram

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Stratfield Brake: 10th January

Stratfield Brake
Pintail: male. Good view of pintail swimming across water and feeding by upending, pointing its tail to the sky. SU493122. 15:30.

Andrew Siantonas

Standlake Pit 60: 10 January

2 Great White Egrets
1m Goldeneye
Many Wigeon

Also 8+ Goosander at nearby 3T's lake

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Great White Egret (c) Stephen Burch

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 10th January

Caspian Gull (ad) by island c14:50 (per Ian Smith) 

Chipping Norton: 10th January

Chipping Norton
Brambling: fem. A female Brambling still present with Chaffinch in this small stand of Beech trees. SP314245. 10:30.

Steve Akers