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18th Nov 4 Common Cranes Moreton nr Thame... 15th ROSE-COLOURED STARLING...13th GLOSSY IBIS Farmoor & Otmoor... 11th Hen Harrier Otmoor rspb...8th Red-breasted Merganser Farmoor Res... 2nd RICHARD'S PIPIT Blewbury...24th Oct 6 Great White Egret Blenheim Park...19th Oct Black-necked Grebe Farmoor Res...14th October 2 Jack Snipe Pit 60 Standlake...Yellow-browed Warbler Oxford City 10th & 11th November Talks: 14th OOS "Bird Crime in the UK"

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Buckland Warren: 18th November

Buckland Warren
2 Common Crossbill: male & fem. Showing well this afternoon..

Kevin Polley

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park: 18th November

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
Short-eared Owl: Seen again this evening by Mary MacDougall at around 4:10 pm.

Adam Hartley

Moreton near Thame 18th November

Common Crane 4 arrived at dusk out of the gloom from the direction of Moreton near
Thame and appeared to land on the Oxfordshire Golf Course c16:50.
Apologies for the shaky handheld video they caught me somewhat by surprise!

Barn Owl

No sign of any Short-eared Owls this afternoon/evening.

(per Badger, Peter Law).

Standlake Pit 60: 18th November

Standlake Pit 60
Great White Egret 10:45.

Antony Collieu

Buckland Warren, 18th November

11.45am to 13.10pm

2+ Common crossbill (at least 1 male & one female)
20+ Siskin
Sparrowhawk (prob male)

Female common crossbill

Male common crossbill

Port Meadow: 18th November

Port Meadow
Yellow-legged Gull: ad.

Thomas Miller

: 11th November

Near Drayton
85 Golden Plover: SU472953. 16:30.

Steve Clarke

Cowleaze wood 18th Nov

2+ Crossbill (h/o)
Marsh tit

Otmoor: 14:00-15:30
2 Stonechat

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Lockinge: Lockinge Lake: 18th November

Lockinge: Lockinge Lake
Mandarin Duck: male.

Leo Bateman

Lower Highmoor/Swyncombe, 18th November

Lower Highmoor 09:30-11:30

Brambling m
Marsh Tit
Goldcrest c15

Swyncombe 12:30-13:30

Peregrine (hunting large flock of wood pigeon)

No photos of anything! 😬

Full write up of my weekends birding at Old Caley's Diary

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 18th November

Great white Egret 
Goldeneye 6
Common Gull 5

Radley village: Radley College: 18th November

Radley village: Radley College
2 Raven: fly over Sugworth Lane heading towards Sandford. 08:00.

John Hillsdon

Wootton nr Woodstock 18th November

2000+ Golden Plover with lapwing in 4 fields alongside the B4027 between Wootton and Glympton
700+ Lapwing
3 Raven

11:00 Bob Pomfret

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Otmoor: 17th November

3 Bittern: Multiple sightings. Minimum of 3 birds. 15:00.
OTHER SPECIES: Otter. Seen from 1st hide. 15:00.
2 Sparrowhawk: Hunting Starlings. 15:00.
Peregrine 15:00.
Marsh Harrier: fem. Female. 15:00.

Nick Suckling

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park: 17th November

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
Short-eared Owl: Seen by Mary MacDougall this evening. 16:10.

Adam Hartley

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 17th November

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
2 Great White Egret
2 Kingfisher
30 Wigeon

Woodstock: Woodstock Water Meadows
Great White Egret: Back where it was last winter, just upstream from the Black Prince.

Bob Pomfret

Moreton, nr Thame - 17th November

2 Short-eared Owl in fields to SW of village near golf course at 16:45

Port Meadow: 17th November

Port Meadow
Mediterranean Gull: 1w.
2 Dunlin

Thomas Miller

Standlake Pit 60: 17th November

Standlake Pit 60
Great White Egret: Flew over. 15:30.

Michael Violette

Boarstall Decoy: 17th November

Boarstall Decoy
5 Woodcock: In woods in the Boarstall area. 14:00.

Colin Oram

Otmoor 17th Nov


2 Curlew flew over closes
Cetti's Warbler
Marsh Harrier (m)
Bittern from second screen.

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Cassington GPs 17th November

Great white Egret flew over heading east c13:20
Little Egret 3
Green Sandpiper
Grey Partridge 4
Marsh Tit 2

Keep to public rights of way.

New Marston: New Marston Meadows: 17th November

New Marston: New Marston Meadows
Probable 2 Ring-necked Parakeet: Playing fields south of Ferry Road. Too far to clinch ID but size, jizz and call all like Ring-necked. Mobbed by jackdaws.
Woodcock: Woods near St Catherine's.

Tom Evans

: 16th November

A329 south of Moulsford
20 Grey Partridge: Observed from moving car, so a difficult record, also very close to W Berks border, but birds almost certainly flew into Oxon. Large group <20> exploded over the road from W and flew NE, presumably into fields on E side of A329. SU5982. 16:15.

Mike Amphlett

Linch Hill (LWV Pit 18): 17th November

Linch Hill (LWV Pit 18)
Great White Egret: Flew over. Presumably one of pit 60 birds.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake Pit 60 17th November

Great white Egret 
Jack Snipe along southern shore between the gap in the reeds. 
Golden Plover 500+ over Standlake

10:00-12:00 (per George Best) 

Buckland Warren, 17th November


Common Crossbill  c10

Siskin c30
Sparrowhawk 2

Friday, 16 November 2018

Port Meadow: 16th November

Port Meadow
Mediterranean Gull: 1w. For the third day in a row!
5 Golden Plover
30+ Lapwing
150 Wigeon

Adam Hartley

Oxford 16th November

Photo taken 15/11/18
No sign of the Rose-coloured Starling in Botley garden this morning.

Pit 60 - Friday 16 Nov am

1 Great White Egret (2nd reported)
1-2 Jack Snipe [on S shore from LL hide - midway between the two gaps in the reeds. Mostly asleep]
Teal, Wigeon
No sign of the Bittern by 13:00

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Eynsham: 15th November

OTHER SPECIES: Red Admiral. Enjoying the warm sunshine. 11:00.

Nick Suckling
Stonechat Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of John Workman.

Chinnor: Cement Works: 15th November

Chinnor: Cement Works
Raven 12:45.

Nick Marriner

Oxford 15th November

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING (adult) in a private garden in Botley for 2nd day. 

Port Meadow: 15th November

Port Meadow
Mediterranean Gull: 1w. Same bird as yesterday.
3 White-fronted Goose: Three of the usual feral flock.

Adam Hartley

Standlake Pit 60: 15th November

Standlake Pit 60
Jack Snipe: Asleep on South shore with a common snipe. Total 9 common snipe sleep along shore.
Great White Egret: Flew in from north.
2 Water Rail

Mick Cunningham

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Buckland Warren: 14th November

+15 Crossbills present and mixed in with Siskin flock.

Farmoor Reservoir 14th November

Caspian Gull
2 Caspian Gulls there on the 12th

Port Meadow: 14th November

Port Meadow
Mediterranean Gull: 1w. In amongst a small roost this evening - found by Thomas Miller.

Adam Hartley
Redwing at Standlake courtesy of Jim Hutchins.

West Oxon 13th November

AMERICAN WIGEON (drake) yesterday with Wigeon at a private site in West Oxon but no sign today, so it's probably worth scrutinising 
the wigeon flocks within the county... 

Milton Common nr Thame 14th November

Oxfordshire Golf Club
3 Short-eared Owl: Saw initial bird perched on tree alongside rough grassland field off of golf course that was then joined by second bird quartering the field actively before flying off to hunt over golf course itself. Found third bird perched on tree before flying off in direction of Tetsworth - cracking views. Golf Course becoming a regular winter site for SEO. SP680040. 17:00.

Nick Marriner

Standlake Pit 60: 14th November

Standlake Pit 60
Bittern: Still showing really well in reeds opposite north shore hide. SP380058. 14:15.

Antony Collieu

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Dix Pit: 13th November

Dix Pit
Black-necked Grebe

Anthony Cheke

Otmoor: 13th November

Record shot of Glossy Ibis heading north-east over 2nd screen.

Pit 60, 13th November

Great White Egret 2 but mobile
Bittern prolonged views from n hide
Jack Snipe
Lapwing good numbers
Goldcrest 6+ along path

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Otmoor rspb 13th November

GLOSSY IBIS flew over the 1st then 2nd screen
before being lost to view c15:15 (per Jeremy Dexter, Ron Louch). 

Farmoor 13th November

GLOSSY IBIS flew from river bank adjacent to
Shrike Meadow and appeared to land slightly further south along the river c15:00 (per Dai)

Monday, 12 November 2018

Horton-cum-studley 12th Nov

Short Eared Owl flew across road by golf course c7:40pm

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Otmoor rspb. Evening. 12th. November.

Hen Harrier (ringtail), before and during starling roost.  Note; a large roost, but very modest murmuration.
2.+ Sparrowhawk.
Peregrine.  Per. R.W.
2. Bittern.
2. Marsh Harrier.
Water Rail.
Ringtail at dusk.