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Monday, 27 March 2023

Port Meadow: 27th March

Port Meadow
Mediterranean Gull: ad.
3 Oystercatcher
7 Shelduck
2 Pintail
Siberian Chiffchaff

Adam Hartley, Steve Lavington

Blenheim 27th March

Pochard - 4(3m, 1f)
Wigeon - 1m
Great White egret - 2
Oystercatcher - 1
Barn owl - 1
Otter - 1. Watched for 10 minutes hunting on the Great Lake before it ran off up the hill.

Farmoor Reservoir 27th March

'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit 1  (A.p.littoralis)
Willow Warbler 1 singing male
Common Chiffchaff 11+ singing males
Blackcap 1 singing male

Grimsbury Reservoir 27th March

Yellow Wagtail 17:37
Little-ringed Plover

 (per Kevin Heath).

Video courtesy of Kevin Heath.

Farmoor Reservoir 27th March

Osprey 17:05 over F1 (per Paul Butler).

LESSER SCAUP drake still on F2 (per RBA.
Curlew 2 over

Northmoor: 27th March

22 Snipe 16:50.
2 Jack Snipe 16:50.

Mick Cunningham

Sparsholt: Ridgeway: 27th March

Sparsholt: Ridgeway
Merlin: f. Observed perched in small tree in Childrey Field having flown over from nearby farm track. 13:30.
5 Stock Dove 13:30.
Wheatear: Devils Punchbowl. 13:30.
3 Yellowhammer 13:30.
Stonechat 13:30.
15 Linnet 13:30.
3 Meadow Pipit: Several heard only. 13:30.
2 Kestrel 13:30.

James Blunt

Otmoor rspb 27th March

AMERICAN WIGEON drake still on the Oddington Flood field 11:30 (per RBA).

Sedge Warbler singing this morning from the reedbed (per Fergus)

2 Marsh Harrier: First warm sunny day for a while, birds were displaying before gaining height and drifting off to the east.
White Wagtail in sheep fields 
(Per Steve Roby)

Oystercatcher 2
Shelduck 2

No sign of yesterday's reported Black-necked Grebe.

Cholsey: 27th March

Raven: Flying south. SU587862. 07:30.

Mitchell Fraser-Jones

: 27th March

North cross valley way
Probable Dunlin: On shore of flooded gravel works, different bird to last pale below. SP368084. 08:29.

John Pimm

Sunday, 26 March 2023

Northmoor: 26th March

17 Snipe 22:17.
Barn Owl 22:17.

Mick Cunningham

Port Meadow: 26th March

Port Meadow
Siberian Chiffchaff
Mediterranean Gull: ad.
Yellow-legged Gull: 1w.
8 Shelduck
3 Oystercatcher
2 Sand Martin

Steve Lavington

Blenheim: 26th March

9 Egyptian Goose: pair plus 7 juv. 16:30.
Oystercatcher 16:30.
2 Swallow 16:30.
12 Sand Martin 16:30.

Ian Elkins

Corn Bunting c50 Oxon Downs.


Both photos courtesy of Bryan Manston.

Marsh Baldon: 26th March

Peregrine: Flying north east over local fields. SP567003. 17:35.
2 Wheatear: On local arable field. SP569006. 17:33

Paul Torevell

Curbridge: 26th March

Green Sandpiper: Still. 16:11.

Mick Cunningham

Sonning Eye GPs: 26th March

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Oystercatcher: On the bund. 15:40.

Marek Walford

Farmoor Reservoir 26th March

LESSER SCAUP drake on F2 in N/E corner 08:23
Greater Scaup f
Rock Pipit 
Willow Warbler 2+

(Per RBA,et al).

Radley GP: 26th March

Radley GP
Swallow: FOY. 14:04.

Ian Elkins

Dix Pit: 26th March

3 Oystercatcher 11:34.
38 Siskin along western side

Simon Bradfield

Henley Road GPs: 26th March

2 Scaup: drk. Nursery Lake. 13:14.
2 Shelduck: m+f. Water ski lake. 13:18.
Oystercatcher 12:47.

Marek Walford

Oddington 26th March

AMERICAN WIGEON drake still on the rspb Flood field 10:50 (Per RBA).

Park at the church in Oddington OX5 2QX and take the bridleway east to view from the kissing gate, please don't park at or on the green.

Grimsbury Reservoir 26th March

Sand Martin 2

(Per JFT).

Swallow at Lark Hill 25/3 courtesy of Simon Bradfield.


Saturday, 25 March 2023

Port Meadow: 25th March

Port Meadow
Sand Martin
5 Shelduck
4 Oystercatcher
2 Egyptian Goose

Friday 24th, Leckford Road, Walton Manor, Oxford
Merlin being chased by 2 Peregrines along Leckford Road

Jacek Szymanski, Thomas Miller, Ollie Padget

Otmoor: 25th March

Great White Egret: On Greenaways. 15:45.
Dunlin: On Big Otmoor. 15:45.
25 Reed Bunting: Minimum count on paths by hide. 15:45.
10 Yellowhammer: On paths by hide. 15:45.

Ian Elkins

Devils Punchbowl & Ridgeway

4 Wheatear (3m 1f)
5 stonechat
Short-eared Owl. 

Sent from my iPhone

Lark Hill 25th March

At reservoir, 1400

Wheatear (f)
Stonechat (f) 

Childrey: Childrey Field: 25th March

Childrey: Childrey Field
Merlin: f.
2 Grey Partridge

Mark Merritt

Farmoor Reservoir 25th March

LESSER SCAUP drake still present 
Greater Scaup f (per RBA)
Willow Warbler at Pinkhill (per Ewan Urquhart).

Lower Heyford 13:00-14:30


Corn Bunting 2

Chiffchaff 2

Water Eaton 25th March

Near Oxford Parkway station
Peregrine: fem. SP499119. 12:15.

Steve Goddard

Wantage: Lark Hill: 25th March

Wantage: Lark Hill
Swallow: 1 at farm. 13:46.

Simon Bradfield

Radley GP: 25th March

Radley GP
Willow Warbler: Heard in song. FOY. 12:00.
2 Oystercatcher: Pair. 12:00.

Ian Elkins

Cote: 25th March

Wheatear: f. 12:12.

Mick Cunningham

Appleford: 25th March

Ring-necked Duck 1f, riverside pit
Wheatear 2

Standlake Pit 60: 25th March

Standlake Pit 60
Redshank 11:13.
2 Pintail: M + F. 11:13.

Mick Cunningham

Friday, 24 March 2023

Port Meadow: 24th March

Port Meadow
3 Shelduck
2 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Grimsbury Reservoir: 24th March

Grimsbury Reservoir
Little Ringed Plover
Sand Martin 14

Gareth Blockley

Curlew Otmoor rspb courtesy of Malcolm Bowey.


Hardwick Sailing Club (LWV Pit 11): 24th March

Hardwick Sailing Club (LWV Pit 11)
3 Sand Martin: Highb west. My foy. 18:11.

Mick Cunningham

Curbridge: 24th March

Green Sandpiper 17:04.

Mick Cunningham

Northern Cross Valley Way 24th March

2 Little Ringed Plover: On edge of flooded quarry workings. SP367084. 15:30.
Rock Pipit: Briefly seen among Meadow Pipit (4). SP367084. 15:30.
White Wagtail: Amongst large flock of Pied Wagtail (14). SP367084. 15:30.

Glen Pascoe

Farmoor Reservoir: 24th March

LESSER SCAUP drake Still present. 13:30.
Mediterranean Gull: 2nd summer. 13:30.

Isaac West

Otmoor: 24th March

AMERICAN WIGEON drake still on the rspb Flood field 11:3 (Per Isaac West).

Park at the church in Oddington OX5 2QX and take the bridleway east to view from the kissing gate, please don't park at or on the green.

Peep-o-day lane

Sand Martin - 3 
Little ringed plover - 2 
Green sandpiper 

Dix Pit: 24th March

Dix Pit
2 Little Ringed Plover: Pair on grassed over landfill behind Devil's Quoits. 08:20.

Simon Bradfield

Thursday, 23 March 2023

Blenheim 23rd March

Swallow - 2 feeding over Great Lake with c30 sand martins.

Great white egret - 1

Oystercatcher - 1

Port Meadow: 23rd March

Port Meadow
Little Ringed Plover

Thomas Miller

Farmoor Reservoir 23rd March

LESSER SCAUP drake on F1 near the causeway (per RBA).

75 Snow Goose: On eastern bank of reservoir next to Filchampstead. 2 blue morph mixed in. 08:01.

Lesser Scaup courtesy of Jeff Bishop.

Enslow 23rd March

Little Egret - 8 in field next to river doing their best cattle egret impersonation. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Port Meadow 22nd March

Siberian Chiffchaff 
Chiffchaff 3
Shelduck 5
Oystercatcher 4
Pintail 3

(per M.M).

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 22nd March

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
2 Wheatear 09:45.

Alex Edgar

Lye Valley/Southfield Golf Course, Oxford: 22nd March

1 Little Egret strolling around the golf course this morning. 


Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 22nd March

Water Pipit reported (per RBA).

Tackley 22nd March

Swallow c16:40 (per John Reynolds).

Bicester Wetlands 22nd March

Little-ringed Plover 2 to the right of the access road 16:40.

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd March

LESSER SCAUP drake off western bank of F1 (per RBA).

Peep-o-day lane

Little ringed plover - 2 
Green sandpiper
Oystercatcher- 6 

Chipping Norton: 22nd March

Chipping Norton
4 Chiffchaff: Near Swailsford Bridge and around the small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 13:30.

Steve Akers

Water Eaton: 22nd March

Water Eaton
2 Wheatear: On the footpath between Water Eaton manor and Cutteslowe Park. 15:30.

Andrew Siantonas

Sarsgrove: 22nd March

10 Wheatear: 9 first located at 10.23, but dispersed. Then 2 relocated in equestrian field, then 6 near footpath across field to Churchill, then a further 2 put up by dog walker in first field. Still present 11.00. 11:00.
5 Skylark 11:00.
Raven: Cronking from Sarsgrove Wood. 11:00.
2 Mistle Thrush 11:00.
Green Woodpecker: H/O. 11:00.
2 Long-tailed Tit: pair. 11:00.

Steve Akers

Enslow: 21st March

4 Little Egret: Feeding in flooded field near River Cherwell. 15:20.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir: Filchampstead: 22nd March

Farmoor Reservoir: Filchampstead
75 Snow Goose: On eastern bank of reservoir next to Filchampstead. 08:04.
2 Barnacle Goose: 2 with snow geese. 08:04.

Yacky Morris

Snow Geese courtesy of Bryan Manston.

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Chinnor: Cement Works: 21st March

Chinnor: Cement Works
Stonechat: Female at the north end of Lake 2b. 10:00.
2 Oystercatcher: Lake 2b. 10:00.
Little Ringed Plover: On island Lake 2b. 10:00.

David Stracey

Wheatear Lollingdon Hill courtesy 
of Alan Dawson.


Port Meadow: 21st March

Port Meadow
2 Mediterranean Gull: ad & 2w.
2 Little Ringed Plover
3 Oystercatcher
3 Shelduck
Yellow-legged Gull: 2w.
300 Golden Plover
2 White Wagtail

Adam Hartley, Thomas Miller, Steve Goddard

Farmoor Reservoir 21st March


'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit 2  by yacht marina courtesy of Ewan Urquhart.

LESSER SCAUP drake still present west corner of F1. SP442070. 15:50.
2 Rock Pipit: ad. 2 
2 Grey Wagtail: ad. Near outlet tower F1. SP448066. 17:30.

(per Gary Stafford, Mark Pidgeon).

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 21st March

Great White Egret: On Greenaways. 08:29.
6 Black-tailed Godwit: On Big Otmoor. Partially hidden, six seen but could well be more. Report of 11 here yesterday. 08:52.
3 Oystercatcher 08:52.

(per Steve Roby)

5 Redshank 15:00.
Snipe 15:00.
10 Shoveler: ad drk. 15:00.
2 Marsh Harrier 15:00.
Sparrowhawk: ad fem. 15:00.
Sand Martin: First of the year. 15:00.

(per Steve Akers)

Black-tailed Godwits courtesy of Paul Wyeth.

Balscote Quarry Reserve 21st March

Brambling 4 below feeders 
Sand Martin 3

Fyfield Wick: 21st March

Fyfield Wick
Peregrine: male. Adult circling to the east of garden. 15:25.

Jed Cleeter

Ardley ERF Lagoon: 21st March

Ardley ERF Lagoon
5 Wheatear 14:30.

Laurie Bryant

Henley Road GPs: 21st March

Scaup: drk. Water ski pit . 13:25.
Shelduck: Over water ski lake towards north lake. 13:12.

Marek Walford

Chipping Norton: 21st March

Chipping Norton
2 Chiffchaff: First of the year here, plus the first Brimstone. SP283268. 11:30.
2 Grey Heron: SP283268. 11:30.
2 Kestrel: pair. Adult pair mating. SP283268. 11:30.
Green Woodpecker: SP283268. 11:30.
7 Long-tailed Tit: SP283268. 11:30.

2 Gadwall: ad pair. On small lake near Cornwell - only second sighting here - unusual. SP283268. 14:30.

Steve Akers

: 21st March

Neal's Farm
Raven: SU6883. 11:48.

John Taylor

Grimsbury Reservoir: 21st March

Grimsbury Reservoir
2 Shelduck: briefly, chased off by mute swans.
3 Sand Martin 

Gareth Blockley

Fyfield Wick: 21st March

Fyfield Wick
4 Siskin: Dropped in to garden. 07:45.
2 Sand Martin: Singles flew North. 07:45.
Chiffchaff: male. In song. 07:45.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Reservoir: Filchampstead: 21st March

Farmoor Reservoir: Filchampstead
75 Snow Goose: On eastern bank next to Fillchampstead. 08:02.

Yacky Morris

Dix Pit: 21st March

Dix Pit
40 Sand Martin: 40+ feeding over pit. 06:52.

Simon Bradfield