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May 16th Black-necked Grebe Farmoor Res...9th RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Grimsbury Res... 1st GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL Port Meadow...April 14th BONAPARTE'S GULL Blenheim Park still, 13th LITTLE BUNTING, Farmoor...8th Arctic Skua Farmoor Res...7th WHITE STORK Otmoor...

Sunday, 19 May 2019

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