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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Appleford GP: 29th July

Turnstone 1ad
Common Sand 1
Green Sand 2
Oystercatcher 1

Otmoor: 29th July

Courtesy of Jeremy Dexter.

Wood Sandpiper - (first screen)
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Great white Egret 

(per Jeremy Dexter,Paul Woodham)

Bicester Wetland Reserve 29th July

 9 Green Sandpiper

2 Little Egret

Female Roe Deer plus 2 fawns

Alan Peters

Key Holder Reserve

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Farmoor July 2021

Spotted Flycatchers

Appleford GP: 28th July

1s BALTIC GULL - a different individual to the previous one, with this one having arrested its moult pre-migration and retained a worn first-generation p10, whilst replacing p1-9 with fresh jet black feathers with rounded tips. The tail is also replaced.

Also a Wood Sandpiper and some Green Sandpipers

Otmoor: 28th July

Wood Sandpiper: First screen. 16:36.
Green Sandpiper: with Wood Sand. 16:36.
Black-tailed Godwit 16:36.
6 Oystercatcher 16:36.
Garganey: eclipse male first screen. 16:36.

Peter Alfrey


Young Cuckoo Otmoor rspb courtesy of Jeremy Dexter 

Farmoor Reservoir: 28th July

Farmoor Reservoir
2 Little Ringed Plover 08:34.
3 Common Sandpiper 08:34.
2 Grasshopper Warbler: 2-3 including a singing male. 08:34.
4 Yellow-legged Gull 08:34.

Peter Alfrey

Wytham Field Station: 27th July

Whinchats, 2 birds perching on a fence by the FAI farm, ~1pm.

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Cassington GPs: 27th July

27th July

Cassington GPs
2 Great White Egret 19:30.
Teal 19:30.
Kingfisher 19:50.

Colin Teal

Chipping Norton: 27th July

Chipping Norton
2 Green Sandpiper: SP283268. 19:30.
Little Egret: SP283268. 19:30.

Steve Akers

Kiddington: Kiddington Hall: 27th July

Kiddington: Kiddington Hall
3 Spotted Flycatcher: Catching insects in the parkland to the left of the drive up to Kiddington Hall. SP413228. 11:30.
Treecreeper: SP413228. 11:30.
Goldcrest: juv. SP413228. 11:30.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir 27th July

Turnstone 1
Dunlin 2
Common Sandpiper 1
Common Tern 7
Yellow legged Gull 8+

Cherwell Valley 27th July

Cattle Egret 14 flew down the Cherwell Valley then headed west 07:52 (per John Reynolds).

Appleford GPs 27th July

Green Sandpiper 2
Common Sandpiper 5

Drayton Floods:

Green Sandpiper 6

(per Johnny Eclipse)
Sedge Warbler courtesy of John Workman.

Monday, 26 July 2021

Cassington GPs: 26th July

26th July

Cassington GPs
2 Great White Egret 19:00.
2 Teal 19:00.
Kingfisher 19:30.
Common Sandpiper 20:15.

Colin Teal

Blenheim: Queen Pool: 26th July

Blenheim: Queen Pool
8 Cattle Egret: 6 adults, 2 nestlings. Good news- Cattle Egrets nesting on the island. At least 6 adults and 2 nestlings this morning. Possibly 4 pairs. 19:23.

David Doherty

Chinnor: Cement Works: 26th July

Chinnor: Cement Works
Little Ringed Plover: North end of Lake 2b. 08:45.
Hobby: Hawking insects over Lake 2b. 08:45.

David Stracey

Headington: John Radcliffe Hospital (JR): 25th July

Headington: John Radcliffe Hospital (JR)
Hobby: Flew over my suburban garden near the JR with a bird in its talons.

Tom Evans

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill: 25th July

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill
Grey Partridge
Spotted Flycatcher
3 Yellow Wagtail

Mark Merritt

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Farmoor Reservoir 25th July

Ringed Plover 1
Little Egret 

Appleford GPs

Ringed Plover - 2
Little Ringed Plover - 5 (3juv)
Oystercatcher - 5

Aston Upthorpe: 25th July

Aston Upthorpe
Wheatear: f. SU535824. 16:42.

Churn: Ridgeway
2 Quail: At least 2. At least 4 more just over the border into Berkshire. SU528823. 16:42.

Steve Clarke

Chipping Norton: 24th July

Chipping Norton
3 Green Sandpiper: Still present at the small lake near Cornwell feeding in the shallow margins. SP283268. 17:15.
20 House Martin: Mixed group of at thirty three House Martin and Swallow feeding along tree tops, over the marsh and dipping down to drink from the lake - see regularly here at this time. SP283268. 17:15.
13 Swallow: SP283268. 17:15.
60 Mallard: Observed a compact group of adult and juvenile Mallard swimming frantically back and forth on small lagoon - reason soon became apparent - a stalking Fox. SP283268. 17:15.

Steve Akers

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 25th July

Garganey f reported on the works pool (to right of hide) 11:38.

Otmoor rspb 25th July

Wood Sandpiper on Big Otmoor 09:22 (per Dave Lowe).

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Kiddington: Kiddington Estate: 24th July

Kiddington: Kiddington Estate
4 Spotted Flycatcher: 2 sets of at least 2 individuals, one group nr main entrance and the other group the other side of the church. SP413229. 18:11.

David Watkinson

Otmoor: 24th July

4 Garganey: On Big Otmoor. Also 2 reported from second screen. 15:19.
2 Little Ringed Plover: Adult and juvenile on Big Otmoor. 15:19.
4 Redshank 15:19.
Hobby 15:19.

Peter Alfrey

Standlake: 24th July

Garganey, eclipse male pit 60 
Common Sandpiper 1
Redstart, 1 juv Thames fields

Farmoor Reservoir 24th July

Farmoor this am

Whimbrel 1 over at 0755
Yellow legged Gull 8+
Common Tern 7
Sand Martin 50+
Coot 298
Snow Goose 74

(per Ewan Urquhart)

Bicester Wetland Reserve 24th July

 1 Common Sandpiper

5 Green Sandpiper

1 Snipe

1 Lapwing

A Peters

Key Holder Reserve

Oxford: Oxford Canal: 23rd July

Oxford: Oxford Canal
Grey Wagtail: fem or juv. Hunting on the weir near Isis bridge. SP503068. 14:33.

Matthew Southwell

Friday, 23 July 2021

Cassington GPs: 23rd July

Cassington GPs
2 Great White Egret 19:30.

Colin Teal

Port Meadow: 23rd July

Port Meadow
9 Egyptian Goose: 2 adults/7 juv. Egyptian goose family update. On the river bank opposite Perch landing stage amongst a large group of greylags so hard to spot them all. Also difficult to tell goslings from adults as they have grown so much, all with adult plumage. Good to see they have survived this far! 16:00.

Andrew Siantonas

Otmoor: 22nd July

22nd July

4 Corn Bunting: 3 singing. 07:00.
2 Garganey: Otmoor. 1st screen - eclipse male; 2nd screen -1 juv briefly emerged from reeds. 07:00.
Hobby: Adult seen hunting south of rifle range (corn bunting area), calls later heard from Noke Wood. 07:00.
3 Spotted Flycatcher: Adult feeding at least 2 fledglings by path cutting through Noke Wood (turn-off southeast of Ashgrave). 13:00.
2 Marsh Tit: Noke Wood; 1 juvenile seen. 13:00.
2 Meadow Pipit 07:00.

Nicholas Boyd

Otmoor rspb 23rd July

Wood Sandpiper reported from the 1st screen this morning.