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Saturday, 28 April 2018

"Iberian" Chiffchaff Update

In case you've not already heard on the grapevine, sadly our "Iberian" Chiffchaff has turned out not to be one. The jury is still out on what exactly it is and Ian Lewington is going to do an extensive write-up for our end of month summary but unfortunately we're all going to have to scrub that one off our lists.

I've edited the county life list table to remove all the Iberian Chiffchaff entries. Where possible I've made a guess at what the previous last tick was but if I've got that wrong or I couldn't guess then please let me know what it should be. Also please check that the revised number is correct.


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Farmoor: Evening 24th April

2 Sanderling
2 Ringed Plover
1 Dunlin
4 Common Sandpiper
1 Channel Wagtail
1 Manx Wagtail

Sonning Eye GPs: 24th April

Sonning Eye GPs
Hobby 16:35.
Mandarin Duck: drk. 16:35.

Marek Walford

: 24th April

Shenington Airfield
5 Wheatear: Three males, 2 females on newly cut grass by old airstrip. SP364431. 12:15.

Steve Holliday

Port Meadow: 24th April

Port Meadow
Black-tailed Godwit
2 Oystercatcher
4 Shelduck

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
Lesser Whitethroat
6 Whitethroat
6 Blackcap
Willow Warbler

Adam Hartley

Otmoor Cuckoo

Courtesy of Richard Tyler

Monday, 23 April 2018

Port Meadow: 23rd April

Port Meadow
Black-tailed Godwit
8 Shelduck
3 Gadwall
2 Oystercatcher
3 House Martin

Adam Hartley

Farmoor Res 23rd April

Channel Wagtail M.f.flavissima x M.f.flava 


Common Swift 22
House Martin 30+
Sand Martin 13
Swallow 6

All hirundines and swifts were after 1600hrs

Yellow Wagtail 1
Channel Wagtail 1
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 3
Reed Warbler 1
Cetti's Warbler 1
Blackcap 7
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Willow Warbler 2
Common Chiffchaff 2

Common Sandpiper 4
Common Tern 7
Great Black backed Gull 2 ads
Herring Gull 1 ad
Red crested Pochard 1f

Otmoor rspb 23rd April

Little Egret 2
Marsh Harrier
Little-ringed Plover
Swift 4
House Martin 3

(per Paul Greenaway)

Radcot Lock: 23rd April

Radcot Lock
2 Common Sandpiper

Colin Vickers

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Otmoor April 22nd (10:30-1:30)

In addition to various sightings below
Hobby -3
Black Tailed Godwit -1
Raven -1

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Farmoor April 22nd (7-10:30 & 4:30-7:30)

Common Tern -4
Grasshopper Warbler -1
Cuckoo -2
GBBGull -1 first summer
Redshank -2
Common Sand -2
Swift -20+ (6pm onwards)
Yellow Wagtail - 7
Channel Wagtail -1
White Wagtail -1
Lesser Whitethroat -1
Garden Warbler -1
Ringed Plover -5 (north at 18:45)
Dunlin -1 (north at 18:45)

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Rushey Common area, 22nd April

Cettis Warbler singing frequently and moving along ditch on south side of Tar Lake, first known report at this site
Rushey Common lake- Egyptian Geese 4
Oystercatchers  2
Common Terns  6

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 22nd April

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Whimbrel: One flew over reserve calling at 18.10 leaving NE. Also 2 curlew dropped in to bathe and preen 17.50.

Steve Holliday

Otmoor: 22nd April


Michael Violette

Otmoor 22nd PM

2 Bittern seen in flight
2 Cuckoo
Whimbrel on Big Otmoor
2 Grasshopper Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat

Distant Whimbrel

Standlake Pit 60: 22nd April

Standlake Pit 60
Little Ringed Plover: FOY.

Mick Cunningham

Bladon Heath: 22nd April

Bladon Heath
2 Mandarin Duck: pair. Flushed from woodland pools.
Tawny Owl: Calling at 0750.

Frogwelldown Lane, Yarnton
2 Grey Partridge: pair. SP470122.

Begbroke: Begbroke Wood
Cuckoo: Heard only.

Derek Evans

Standlake Pit 60: 22nd April

Standlake Pit 60
Green Sandpiper: First for many weeks.

Mick Cunningham

Sonning Eye GPs: 22nd April

Sonning Eye GPs
Mandarin Duck: Heard calling. 16:55.

Marek Walford

Farmoor Reservoir: 22nd April

22nd April

Farmoor Reservoir
Yellow Wagtail
Cuckoo 08:30.
3 Grasshopper Warbler: 3 calling birds around shrike meadow. 08:30.

Mike Youngman

Otmoor: 22nd April

22nd April

Whimbrel 12:00.
2 Cuckoo
2 Oystercatcher
Grasshopper Warbler: Heard on path between hide and first screen.

Graeme Porter

Fyfield Wick: 22nd April

Fyfield Wick
Hobby: 1 circling with Red Kite. 12:50.

Jed Cleeter

Charlton Field 22nd April

Charlton Field
Yellow Wagtail: male. SU413862.
2 Wheatear: male
Corn Bunting

Mark Bradfield

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 20th April

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
Cuckoo: male. 18:20.

Tim Hodgetts

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Farmooor: Evening 21st April

1 Grey Plover - Circling F2
2 Grasshopper Warblers - Distant but showing very well within the laid out cut branches in Shrike                                                    Meadow (thank you Dai)
1 Channel Wagtail
14 Yellow Wagtail
1 Hobby - over car park
1 Cuckoo - LW Farm

: 21st April

Frogwelldown Lane, Yarnton
Redstart: At 0900. SP470122.

Derek Evans

Radley GP: 21st April

Radley GP
Little Egret
Red-crested Pochard: drk.
Cuckoo: heard.

Ian Elkins

Standlake Pit 60: 21st April

Standlake Pit 60
Cuckoo: m. This evening. FOY here though might be same bird had near my house all week, see comment under cormorant.
2 Cormorant: For last couple of weeks at least 1 taken to perching for long periods very high in tree on south shore. Didn't think much of it. This evening cuckoo landed in tree. Through scope I could see huge cormorant nest on branch above singing cuckoo. With sitting cormorant in situ. Note to self to be more observant.
Common Sandpiper
Reed Warbler: m. Singing. FOY here for me.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor Res 21st April


Cuckoo 1
Grasshopper Warbler 2
Sedge Warbler 3+
Willow Warbler 1
Blackcap 2
White Wagtail 1

Little Egret 1
Common Tern 3

Sonning Eye GPs: 21st April

Sonning Eye GPs
5 Oystercatcher: In flooded field next to spring lane with swans and geese. 16:45.
Mandarin Duck: Over, calling. 16:04.
Garganey 2 (male,fem) On the triangle. 16:35. 

Marek Walford

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits: 21st April

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits
2 Oystercatcher: SU515940. 14:00.

Sutton Courtenay - Drayton Road
Great White Egret: On flooded area to north of road, opposite large gateway to area of new building. Bird viewable from road. SU489943. 14:40.

Gerry Quinn

Farmoor: 21st April am

1 LRP south west side of FII briefly
2h Grasshopper Warblers (1 Buckthorn Meadow, 1 Shrike Meadow)
1 Lesser Whitethroat (between Lower Whitley Farm and Buckthorn Meadow)
Sedge & Reed Warblers
No Cuckoos, no Willow Warblers

The Tall Birder

Otmoor - 21st April

0545-1130 hrs

2 Common Shelduck
1 Bittern (Booming)
2 Oystercatcher
1 Whimbrel (East side of Big Otmoor)
1 Curlew (heard only)
1 Woodcock (flushed from edge of field opposite to MoD Land)
3 Snipe (Drumming)
2 Cuckoo
1 Barn Owl (Quartering East side of Greenways)
2 Grasshopper Warbler
Whimbrel - George Best
George Best

Ottmoor. 21st April.

Pied Flycatcher m. from bridleway south of the reserve, on route to Julys Meadow.
Per.  Mark Chivers.  John Reynolds.

Per. Paul Brennan.

Friday, 20 April 2018

South Leigh: 20th April

South Leigh
Redstart: m.

Rushy Common
Cuckoo: m.

Mark Merritt

Fyfield Wick: 20th April

Fyfield Wick
Fieldfare: Single bird flew in and was calling from tree top. 20:18.

Jed Cleeter

20th April Otmoor

16-19:00 Old Caley's Diary

Wheatear (2, m&f) (Cattle pens)

Hobby (big Otmoor)

Grasshopper warbler (reeling Carpark field)
Garden Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat (5)
Common Whitethroat
Sedge Warbler (6)
Willow Warbler (2)
Cetti's Warbler (3h)
Snipe (drumming)

Bittern (booming in reedbed)
Cuckoo (2)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th April

Wood Warbler from this morning, singing intermittently & showing well at times, but very mobile! Amazingly in exactly the same place as the one I found 2 years ago and just one day earlier!

Churn: 20th April

Yellow Wagtail: SU508832.
5 Wheatear: SU508825.
4 Grey Partridge: SU510839.

Michael Violette

Farmoor, 20th April

Black Terns 2 favouring east end of f2
Cuckoo 2  1 behind Lower Whitley farm 1 behind Shrike Meadow
Lesser Whitethroat
Cettis Warbler  Pinkhill
Willow Warbler  Pinkhill

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 20th April

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
Whitethroat 09:30.

Mark Bradfield

Dix Pit: 20th April

Dix Pit
2 Reed Warbler: Both singing. First of year.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor: 20th April

Hobby: Greenaways.
2 Raven: Flying towards Beckley.
3 Cuckoo
2 Oystercatcher: A pair widely ranging over the moor.
4 Pintail: Big Otmoor.
4 Reed Warbler

John Edwards

Hinksey Heights Golf Club. 20th. April.

Iberian Chiffchaff still present and singing late morning.

Farmoor. 20th.April.

Black Terns still present F2. at 3.15pm.   Per Mr. and Mrs. Clackers.
Yellow Wagtail.



1 Cuckoo
2 Whinchat
2 Willow Warbler
1 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Garden Warbler
5 Raven (family group)
1 Yellow Wagtail
2 Swallow

NO Common Whitethroat yet!

Farmoor 20th April

2 Blacks Terns Farmoor F2

per Pete Allen

Blenheim 20th April

Common Sandpiper,
Raven displaying
3 Little Egrets on the island.

Per Dave Doherty

Standlake Pit 60: 20th April

Standlake Pit 60
2 Lesser Whitethroat: m. Both at sorry end Langley Lane. Foy Sedge been in a week but influx today c6 alongside sylvias.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake Pit 60: 20th April

Standlake Pit 60
2 Garden Warbler: male. Two watched singing. My first of year.

Mick Cunningham

20th April, Grimsbury Reservoir, Banbury

Wood Warbler at Grimsbury Reservoir singing in the wood on southern edge by the cattle field.

per John Friendship Taylor

Fyfield Wick: 20th April

Fyfield Wick
Swift: High NW. 07:20.
Willow Warbler: 1st singing Male Heard here. 07:20.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Barford St. Michael: Barford Airfield: 19th April

Barford St. Michael: Barford Airfield
Redstart: male. Seen in low scrub inside Airfeild fence, also 2 wheatears. SP4433.

Adrian Bletchly

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 19th April

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Short-eared Owl: Hunting over reserve and adjoining fields. Probably present yesterday evening too. 19:10.

Steve Holliday

Fyfield Wick: 19th April

Fyfield Wick
Swift: Circled for a couple of minutes getting lower. Then made 2 dives and inspected my eaves for a nesting site, before disappearing. Feel Privileged and hope it returns. 18:52.
4 Blackcap: 2 singing males appear to be paired up with females. 18:52.
Chiffchaff: Singing Male. 18:52.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor: 19th April

Sonning Eye GPs: 19th April

Sonning Eye GPs
Mandarin Duck: Flew over calling. 18:00.

Marek Walford

Farmoor Reservoir: 19th April

19th April

Farmoor Reservoir
Cuckoo: Birds seen from Shrike Meadows all birds seen with Gray Burfoot and Adrian Brown. 08:30.
2 Grasshopper Warbler 08:30.
Yellow Wagtail 08:30.

Ralph Watts

Barnacle Geese over Farmoor

Taken yesterday by John Workman

Otmoor.A.M. 19th April.

1 Grasshopper Warbler
1 Little-ringed Plover
2+ Oystercatcher
1 Reed Warbler
1 Common Tern (per F.M.)
1 Garden Warbler.

Iberian Chiffchaff still present this morning

Was active and singing at 7:30 this morning

Still present mid-afternoon (RBA)

19th April, Farmoor

5 Sandwich Terns on the causeway until 8:30 a.m.
Grasshopper Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Sedge Warbler 2
Cuckoo 2

per D.L.