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Sunday, 17 October 2021

Otmoor rspb 17th October

Rock Pipit flew over Big Otmoor 14:00 (per RBA)

Chipping Norton: 17th October

Chipping Norton
4 Stonechat: 3 male; 1 fem. On and around the straw bales next to the marsh at small lake and Cornwell Brook. SP283268. 15:30.
Snipe: SP283268. 15:30.
2 Reed Bunting: SP283268. 15:30.
6 Meadow Pipit: SP283268. 15:30.
Grey Heron: SP283268. 15:30.
5 Redwing: SP283268. 15:30.
12 Linnet: SP283268. 15:30.
Kestrel: SP283268. 15:30.

Steve Akers

Port Meadow 17th October

Jack Snipe late afternoon flushed near Burgess Field entrance (T.M).

Northmoor: 17th October

2 Snipe: This traditional ie since I moved to oxon 2017 site currently very dry. 18:12.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake: 17th October

800 Redwing: Minimum count of a single flock heading north over my Rack End Garden just now. Heading north, presumably to a roost or, conceivably, setting off on overnight (reorienting) migration. 18:08.

Mick Cunningham

Appleford GPs 17th October

Great white Egret 
Green Sandpiper 3
Lapwing c200
Grey Partridge 2
Stonechat m
Black Swan

Ducklington: 17th October

Brambling: Home farm 7 45 to 8 45. A brambling heard during vain attempt at vismig. 09:35.

Mick Cunningham

East Challow: 17th October

East Challow
2 Brambling: 2 over at dawn. 07:30.

Mark Merritt

Saturday, 16 October 2021

Otmoor Saturday 16th


Merlin hunting over greenaways
2 Stonechat
2 Raven

Sent from my iPhone

Port Meadow: 16th October

Port Meadow
120 Barnacle Goose: On muddy area opposite Burgess Field Gtae. 15:00.

Andrew Siantonas

Sonning Eye GPs: 16th October

Sonning Eye GPs
Redshank: Sat on the string of buoys in the middle of the lake. 15:21.

Marek Walford

Blewbury 16th October

Brambling 2 Churn (per Andy Last)

Water Eaton: 16th October

Water Eaton
Brambling: By Sparsey Bridge. 14:00.

Nicholas Boyd

Standlake Pit 60: 16th October

Standlake Pit 60
Great White Egret 13:38.
2 Cetti's Warbler 13:38.
Water Rail: Heard. 13:38.
Redwing: A single east. As was a song thrush and 2 meadow pipits between 7 30 and 8 20 when i gave up. 13:38.

Stonechat: m. Near village site that proved productive for Jack snipe and snipe last year. Latter has died up/ been 'improved. 13:38.

Mick Cunningham

Appleford GPs 16th October

Green Sandpiper 4
Lapwing c200
Wigeon 10+

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course: 16th October

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course
Rock Pipit: Still on small lake. 10:16.
2 Lesser Redpoll: Over. 10:16.
Brambling: Over. 10:16.
27 Golden Plover: Over. 10:16.

Luke Marriner

Grimsbury Reservoir 16th October

Rock Pipit 
Brambling over

Farmoor Reservoir 16th October

Rock Pipit along the Causeway 09:41 
Black-tailed Godwit Shrike Meadow hide 

Friday, 15 October 2021

Chipping Norton: 15th October

Chipping Norton
2 Stonechat: male and fem. Pair still present - possibly a third bird - at the small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 13:00.
2 Lapwing: SP283268. 13:00.
4 Jay: Two over - two heard. SP283268. 13:00.

Steve Akers

Warburg Reserve: 15th October

Warburg Reserve
Brambling 14:46.

John Kearns

Courtesy of John Kearns.

Tar Lakes: 15th October

Tar Lakes, Rushy Common
6 Red-crested Pochard: 4 male, 2 fem. 18:00.

Richard Catling

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 15th October

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Pintail: A female on back pool flew off NW. Also first golden plovers of the autumn, a flock of 33 in adjoining fields . 16:20.

Steve Holliday

Witney Lake 15th October

Great white Egret (per D.D)

Bicester Wetland Reserve 15th October

 2 Green Sandpiper

18 Snipe

24 Gadwall

85 Teal

4 Shoveler

Alan Peters

Key Holder Reserve

Tar Lakes: 14th October

Tar Lakes, Rushy Common
6 Red-crested Pochard: 4 male, 2 fem. 17:45.

Richard Catling

Farmoor Reservoir: 14th October

Farmoor Reservoir
Peregrine: Flew over road houses near entrence. 16:03.

Yacky Morris

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Chipping Norton: 14th October

Chipping Norton
2 Stonechat: male and fem. Same location at small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 14:30.
62 Black-headed Gull: SP283268. 14:30.
14 Lesser Black-backed Gull: SP283268. 14:30.
Grey Heron: SP283268. 14:30.
Sparrowhawk: SP283268. 14:30.
Jay: SP283268. 14:30.

Steve Akers

Standlake Pit 60: 14th October

Standlake Pit 60
Great White Egret 18:17.
Snipe: Spooked into open by the horrendous flock of mutant greylags. 18:17.

Mick Cunningham

Warburg Reserve: 14th October

Courtesy of John Kearns

Brambling: m. Came down to pond with male & female Chaffinch for a drink. 15:02.

John Kearns

Port Meadow: 14th October

Port Meadow
10 Lapwing: On small flood near Burgess field nature reserve. SP496086. 16:56.

Matthew Southwell

Port Meadow: 14th October

Port Meadow
40 Barnacle Goose 16:32.

Matthew Southwell


Dark-bellied Brent Goose feeding with Geese on southern side of F2

Farmoor Reservoir 14th October

Brent Goose on F1 10:03 (per Dai)

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Standlake Pit 60: 13th October

Standlake Pit 60
Yellow-legged Gull: 1w. Received info on a ringed bird seen at Pit 60 in Sept 2021. 1st w Yellow-Legged Gull green ring 749:C recorded at Standlake Oxfordshire England 2nd September 2021 until at least 10th September 2021. Banded on 03.06.2021 at the stage of 'Chick', Carteau - Port-Saint-Louis-du-rh�ne - Bouches-du-Rh�ne - FRANCE (N43�22'40", E04�51'27") PVC band : 749:C in white on green background, reading direction : from bottom to top, position : right tarsus Metal ring : EC111703, position : left tibia Sex : Unknown . 23:23.

Mick Cunningham

Chipping Norton: 13th October

Chipping Norton
60 Redwing: Flock overhead between Churchill and Kingham. SP264246. 16:00.
50 Linnet: SP264246. 16:00.
100 Starling: 100 plus gathered on electricity wires. SP264246. 16:00.
2 Kestrel: Plus two Roe Deer and Brown Hare. SP264246. 16:00.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: 13th October

Chipping Norton
2 Stonechat: male and fem. Pair in same location at small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 13:00.
54 Black-headed Gull: On the lake and over the marsh. SP283268. 13:00.
2 Grey Heron: SP283268. 13:00.
2 Jay: SP283268. 13:00.
2 Kestrel: SP283268. 13:00.

Steve Akers

Thame: Cuttle Brook: 13th October

Thame: Cuttle Brook
55 Redwing: In two groups over. 17:40.

Luke Marriner


Barnacle Geese Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of Bryan Manston.

Ducklington: 13th October

275 Redwing: Home Farm vismig 11 30 am to 12. All west, mainly in two large flocks. 15:41.
11 Fieldfare: 5, 3 and 3 west with redwings. 15:41.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake Pit 60: 13th October

Standlake Pit 60
1496 Redwing: 7 30 to 10 am. Vismig started badly as realised I'd forgotten notebook and phone. And then found usual viewpoint fenced off. Did have one clicker though. 45 redwing milling around first light deemed to be leaving roost. Vis count from Thames Fields Redwing 1149 west 302 north Un counted small numbers of following moving Sky larks c 25 west Meadow pipit c7 west Siskin h.o. Reed bunt c4 N Song thrush c4 h.o. Chaffinch c15 south. 15:27.
3 Great White Egret: 2 on the pit. A third flew north v high with, presumably same, south 20 min later. 15:27.
2 Marsh Harrier: all cream crowns. Minimum count. A third was, possibly, a different bird on plumage but views brief. 15:27.
Peregrine: Adult flew n over Thames fields carrying prey. 15:27.
6 Goldcrest: In hedgerows Thames field. Unsure if an influx as I rarely check these fields. 15:27.

Mick Cunningham

Eynsham: Oxford Road: 13th October

Eynsham: Oxford Road
Stonechat: male. SP445089. 10:30.

Thomas Stevens

Port Meadow: 13th October

Port Meadow
100 Barnacle Goose: Approximate count. Birds grazing on meadow opposite Burgess Field gate. 10:00.

Andrew Siantonas

Thame: 13th October

786 Redwing: Over in an hour between 10:00 and 11:00. 11:07.
8 Skylark: Over. 11:07.
4 Meadow Pipit: Over. 11:07.
Reed Bunting: Over. 11:07.
3 Siskin 
9 Golden Plover 

Luke Marriner

Tar Lakes: 13th October

Tar Lakes, Rushy Common
5 Red-crested Pochard: 3 male, 2 fem. 17:30.

Richard Catling

October 12th/13th various

Mass arrival of Redwing overnight (et al).

Culham/Sutton Courtenay

Several hundred Redwing flying north this morning between 740-815

Cutteslowe: Cutteslowe Park: 13th October

Cutteslowe: Cutteslowe Park
45 Redwing: flock in flight. 07:35.

Nicholas Boyd

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Eynsham 12th October

Female Black Redstart reported from an Eynsham garden today (per Dave Doherty).

East Challow: 12th October

East Challow
3 Redwing 21:58.

Mark Merritt

Chipping Norton: 12th October

Chipping Norton
2 Stonechat: male and fem. Pair still present on and around straw shooting butts near marsh at small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 13:15.
60 Lapwing: Circling over toward Salford. SP283268. 13:15.
2 Grey Heron: SP283268. 13:15.
12 Black-headed Gull: On the lake. SP283268. 13:15.
Kestrel: SP283268. 13:15.
2 Jay: Flying N. SP283268. 13:15.

Steve Akers

Monday, 11 October 2021

Otmoor: 11th October

Whilst Roger was enjoying a proper falcon I had to make do with an escape. What do people think Lanner (erlangeri) type ?  High over the Closes being mobbed by Red Kites

Otmoor 11th October

Peregrine with Snipe

Tar Lakes: 11th October

Tar Lakes, Rushy Common
15 Red-crested Pochard 19:15.

Richard Catling

Standlake Pit 60: 11th October

Standlake Pit 60
Marsh Harrier: cream crown. Also a great white Egret. No sign of the black- necked grebe, although my visit was brief. 18:11.

Mick Cunningham