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Jan 18th Hen Harrier Gramp's Hill...2 Whooper Swans Stadhampton...Caspian Gull Port Meadow...12th Whooper Swan 2 nr Dorchester...10th Black Redstart Harwell...9th Slavonian Grebe Farmoor Res...1st Siberian Chiffchaff Abingdon Sewage Works...

Monday, 27 January 2020

Port Meadow: 27th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w. Returning bird. 20:18.
2 Yellow-legged Gull: 2w and 3w. 20:18.
4 Dunlin 20:18.

Thomas Miller

Chimney 27th January

Great white Egret S/W of Standlake flew over road north of Chimney Meadows 08:56 (per RBA). 

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 27th January

Scaup 3 (1drk) this morning
Smew rh still present 12:44

(per Peter Law et al).

Garganey display

Garganey remains at Pit 60. I filmed it displaying on 17th Jan. Apparently to a female wigeon. It  threw its head back x3, so that the head touched its back briefly like a male Goldeneye. This display is described in the BWP account of Garganey and depicted in a drawing of a breeding plumage male doing this display labelled "A" on page 534.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Dix Pit: 26th January

Dix Pit
30 Pintail: SP411048. 12:00.

Malcolm Teal

Clanfield: 26th January

A Great Grey Shrike briefly this morning 1.5 kms south-east of Clanfield at the end of Marsh Lane near Old Man's Bridge SP 303006 (per John Melling).

Standlake Pit 60: 26th January

Standlake Pit 60
Garganey: Again, from north hide: currently lost to view. 11:45.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake Pit 60: 26th January

Standlake Pit 60
Marsh Harrier: Cc. 11:01.
2 Great White Egret 11:01.

Mick Cunningham

Dix Pit: 26th January

Smew 1 redhead, 10.10

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Chipping Norton: 25th January

Chipping Norton
Barn Owl: Hunting at dusk in field alongside road between Churchill and Chipping Norton. 16:30.

Steve Akers

Port Meadow: 25th January

Port Meadow
18 Goosander
150 Barnacle Goose
2 Shelduck
4 Pintail: 4+, approx count.
200 Lapwing: Unusually large count.
2 Redshank

Adam Hartley

Gramp's Hill: 25th Jan

Hen Harrier (ringtail)
35 Corn Bunting

Wytham: Field Station: 25th January

Wytham: Field Station
2 Stonechat: Pair along Thames Path between Cassington and Wytham early afternoon. SP463099. 17:33.

Matt Livesey

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 25th January

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
Great White Egret: Feeding at waters edge then seen at top of tree by waters edge. 15:00.

Andrew Siantonas

Dorchester: 25th January

2 Whooper Swan: Feeding in field from the bypass with second group of mutes left hand side of field . Opposite the road to Dorchester ( A4074 ). 11:50.

Ralph Watts

Henley Road GPs: 25th January

Henley Road GPs
2 Pintail: m+f. 13:30.

Marek Walford

Dix Pit: Dix Pit/Linch Hill: 24th January

Dix Pit: Dix Pit/Linch Hill
6 Pintail: m f. At least this number amongst the hordes of wildfowl here. I was wondering where all the wildfowl were? No sign of the Scaup or Smew . Black Swan added interest. 12:36.

2 Whooper Swan: The swans had been pushed into the next field by the blasting of a bird scarer gun in their favoured Kale field. A bit further away but still visible from the pull in opposite the Dorchester turn. 12:36.

John Edwards

Sonning Eye GPs: 25th January

Sonning Eye GPs
Pintail: drk. At the triangle. 12:30.

Marek Walford

Standlake: 25th January

Bittern 1, pit 60
Great White Egret 1, pit 38

Dorchester: 25th January

Whooper Swan 2, still in fields by A4074 opposite Dorchester turning. A bit distant 10.50

Oxford: Cripley Meadow: 25th January

Oxford: Cripley Meadow
7 Little Egret 10:30.

D Moden

Friday, 24 January 2020

Port Meadow: 24th January

Two 1w Caspian gulls in the roost, the regular bird and a new one

Regular bird
New bird flew in well after sunset 
Nice white underwing

Also 11 goosander, highest count so far this winter

Appleford GP: 24th January

3w Caspian gull

Port Meadow: The Perch: 24th January

24th January

Port Meadow: The Perch
2 Redshank: Flitting up and down the river bank opposite The Perch. 15:00.

Port Meadow
3 Shelduck: On the floods.As I walked back up the meadow to Wolvercote I saw 2 shelduck in a water channel near Wolvercote at 16.30. Possibly 2 of the ones I had seen earlier. Not seen shelduck here before. 15:15.
Pintail: Amongst the many wigeon and fewer shoveller and teal on the floods. 15:15.

Port Meadow: The Perch
5 Goosander: 1 male, 4 fem. On the river upstream from the Perch. As I watched they flew off and landed on the floods. 15:45.

Andrew Siantonas

Dorchester 24th January

Whooper Swan 2 with Mute Swans in field S/E of Dorchester adjacent to the A4074 at 15:20 (per RBA). 

Pit 60: 24 January

10 Little Egrets!
Note: LL hide just accessible with walking boots.
8 of the 10 Little Egrets
(c) Stephen Burch

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 24th January

Scaup (f) viewed from the west side of the pit
No sign of red head Smew by midday. 

(per Peter Law et al). 

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Chipping Norton: 23rd January

Chipping Norton
Raven: In valley near Salford Village cronking from atop fir tree. 15:30.
Grey Wagtail: Feeding in brook in valley. 15:30.

Steve Akers

Sarsgrove: 23rd January

2 Raven: ad pair. Sat cronking and grooming one another. 11:00.

Steve Akers

Port Meadow: 23rd January

New 2nd winter Caspian gull on the floods tonight, no qualms about structure with this one!

Edit: review of footage also shows a 3w Caspian gull, different to the individual on the 15th

Standlake 23rd January

Shifford Lane 
Firecrest: SP391028. 14:15.

Sally Taylor

Cote Floods 23rd January

Marsh Harrier (f) 15:00 then flew towards Pit 60 (per Ian Smith). 

: 23rd January

Balscote Quarry Nature Reserve
330 Golden Plover: In field south of reserve. Also 34 lapwing and 16 snipe. SP391423. 14:50.

Steve Holliday

: 23rd January

farmoor garden
Blackcap: SP450070. 15:10.

Paul Butler

Dorchester 23rd January

Whooper Swan 2 in field with Mute Swans S/E of Dorchester adjacent to the A4074 13:55 (per Peter Law). 

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Port Meadow: 21st January

Adult Caspian gull - probably yesterday's bird, but only seen distantly.
2 adult Yellow legged gulls
2w hybrid Caspian gull - last night's bird, reidentified as a hybrid on basis of poor structure.

Hybrid 2w Caspian-ish gull

Tackley 21st January

Whooper Swan 9 flying down the Cherwell Valley at Tackley 15:56 (per John Reynolds). 

Letcombe Bassett 21st January

Parsonagehill Barn
Hen Harrier: ringtail. One on field flew off north. SU375837. 15:06.

Brian Walker

Dorchester 21st January

Whooper Swan 2 with Mute Swans S/E of Dorchester, in field north of the A4074 opposite turning to Dorchester and Dorchester Abbey 16:25 (per Peter Law).

Stadhampton: 21st January

Stonechat in horse paddocks along footpath from A329 / B480 roundabout
2 Egyptian Goose by Thame floods approx SU598996 at 12:20pm

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 21st January

Smew r/h 09:50 (per Dave Doherty)

Oxford: 21st January

1 Black redstart (fem type) on Magdalen tower (east side), 9:15am.
Tom Pizzari