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Saturday, 8 August 2020

: 7th August

The Ridgeway, south of Lower Chance Farm
4 Stonechat: Juveniles, flitting through trackside bushes, then settled in a dead hawthorn. SU5282. 08:30.

Mike Amphlett

: 7th August

Churn, between bridge and Lower Chance Farm
7 Yellow Wagtail: On wires, then into green weedy patch in cereal crop on S roadside. SU5183. 08:00.

Mike Amphlett

Friday, 7 August 2020

Cassington GPs: 7th August

Cassington GPs
Great White Egret 18:00.
15 Snow Goose 18:00.

Malcolm Teal

Farmoor Reservoir 7th August


Common Sandpiper

Common Greenshank 1 flew over calling but did not land
Dunlin 1 juvenile
Common Sandpiper 4

Little Grebe 3
Little Egret 2
Yellow legged Gull 10+
Common Tern 2
Gadwall 4 adult female and 3 fully fledged young that have survived from original brood of 10

Common Swift 1
Swallow 1
Cetti's Warbler - two recently fledged broods in bushes by the Thames Path
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 1
Sedge Warbler 3
Blackcap 2+
Chiffchaff 8+
Willow Warbler 4 including 3 singing males

Farmoor Roost: 6th August

Yellow-legged Gull - 39+
G B-b Gull  -  4
Common Gull  -  1 juv

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 7th August

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
2 Little Egret 11:50.

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
Common Sandpiper 11:50.
2 Sand Martin 11:50.
Buzzard 11:50.
Red Kite 11:50.

Farmoor Reservoir: Pinkhill
Treecreeper: Thames path. 11:50.
Whitethroat 11:50.

Mark Pidgeon

Chipping Norton: 7th August

Chipping Norton
Raven: ad. Flying high over The Leys heading W. SP308267. 11:40.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: 7th August

Chipping Norton
Green Sandpiper: Still present at small lake near Cornwell. SP284268. 09:15.
Lapwing: SP284268. 09:15.
2 Reed Bunting: fem. SP284268. 09:15.
Green Woodpecker: H/O. SP284268. 09:15.
4 Whitethroat: SP284268. 09:15.
Chiffchaff: SP284268. 09:15.

Steve Akers

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Otmoor 6th


1 Bittern
5+ Yellow Wagtails going to roost in reedbed.

Andy & Ewan

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Farmoor Res 6th August 2020

Dunlin 6
Common Sandpiper 2
Yellow legged Gull 6+
Grey Wagtail 2

Lollingdon: 6th August

11 Kestrel present on the hill today.
2 Common Redstart.
Peregrine Falcon over.
Juv Hobby over.
4 Spotted Flycatcher.
1 Willow Warbler.
2 Yellow Wagtail.
3 Bullfinch.

And 4 Wheatear, Silly Bridge. Per Michael Pocock.

Otmoor: 6th August

Peregrine hunting over Big Otmoor 

Bicester Wetland Reserve 6th August

14 Green Sandpiper (3 main reserve 11 Cattle Bridge Pool)

Key Holders please note access is difficult because entrance road to Thames Site is currently one way due to Hotel building works, approach from Bicester and turn in for "Bicester Avenue" entrance just past retail park exit. can leave normally.

Alan Peters

Chipping Norton: 6th August

Chipping Norton
4 Green Sandpiper: Feeding in margins of small lake near Cornwell. SP284268. 08:30.
27 Lapwing: Rose in flock over the marsh with Starling before settling again out of view. SP284268. 08:30.
2 Raven: SP284268. 08:30.
3 Reed Bunting: 1 ad male 2 ad fem. SP284268. 08:30.
6 Whitethroat: SP284268. 08:30.
30 House Martin: SP284268. 08:30.
20 Swallow: SP284268. 08:30.

Steve Akers

Appleford: Appleford GP: 6th August

Appleford: Appleford GP
Dunlin: Summer plumage. 06:23.
Ringed Plover 06:23.
3 Little Ringed Plover: 1 juv. 06:23.
Greenshank 06:23.
8 Green Sandpiper 06:23.
5 Common Sandpiper 06:23.
Yellow Wagtail 06:23.
2 Oystercatcher 06:23.
43 Egyptian Goose: Most I have ever seen. Separated in several groups but across the pits. 06:23.
2 Grey Partridge 06:23.

Conor MacKenzie

Chipping Norton: 6th August

Chipping Norton
Peregrine 18:30.

Steve Akers

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Chipping Norton: 5th August

Chipping Norton
3 Green Sandpiper: Still present this evening feeding at waters edge of small lake near Cornwell. SP284268. 18:15.
Chiffchaff: SP284268. 18:15.
3 Linnet: male and two fem. SP284268. 18:15.
12 Swallow: Feeding over the marsh anĂ¯¿½ surrounding fields. SP284268. 18:15.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir 5th August

No sign of the Little Stint this afternoon.

Common Sandpiper 2
Ringed Plover 
Common Tern
Little Grebe

Blenhiem Park 5th August

Ruddy Shelduck 9
Teal 17
Little Egret 3
Yellow-legged Gull 
Great black-backed Gull 

4th August:

Green Sandpiper 

Chipping Norton: 5th August

Chipping Norton
2 Raven: SP284263. 09:00.
4 Green Sandpiper: Wading and feeding in small lake near Cornwell. SP284263. 09:00.
Grey Heron: ad. SP284263. 09:00.
4 Teal: ad fem. SP284263. 09:00.
Possible 5 Whitethroat: ad male and fem and 3 juv. SP284263. 09:00.
Reed Bunting: ad fem. SP284263. 09:00.

Steve Akers

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Abingdon: Abingdon Marina: 4th August

Abingdon: Abingdon Marina
Possible 2 Brent Goose: Flying south over the river. Silhouette only.. Looked very much like Brent geese. Anyone know of similar ornamentals in the area? 20:30.

Andy Coates

Farmoor Reservoir 4th August

Adult Little Stint courtesy of Dai John

Little Stint F1 on east side 15:09
Dunlin 5
Common Sandpiper
Yellow-legged Gull 2
Common Tern 3

(per Mark Pidgeon)

Chipping Norton: 4th August

Chipping Norton
Dunlin: ad. In full summer plumage concealed in vegetation at margins of small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 09:00.
2 Green Sandpiper: SP283268. 09:00.
Grey Heron: SP283268. 09:00.
2 Teal: ad fem. SP283268. 09:00.
Green Woodpecker: H/O. SP283268. 09:00.
4 Whitethroat: Appeared to be two adults and two juv. SP283268. 09:00.
Willow Warbler: SP283268. 09:00.
Chiffchaff: SP283268. 09:00.
Reed Bunting: ad fem. SP283268. 09:00.
Kestrel: juv fem. Hunting over the marsh. SP283268. 09:00.

Steve Akers

Monday, 3 August 2020

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 3rd August

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
2 Marsh Harrier: ad fem. Outstanding views of them over the reed beds and perched atop Hawthorne. 15:00.
Hobby 15:00.
4 Kestrel 15:00.
2 Little Egret 15:00.
10 Lapwing 15:00.
4 Common Tern: ad and chicks. 15:00.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir 3rd August

Little Stint (for 2nd day)
Common Sandpiper
5 Dunlin

per John Workman & Mark Pidgeon

Appleford GP: 3rd August

Black-tailed Godwit 7
Green Sand 6
Approx 100 Lapwing
Greenshank 17:55.
2 Common Sandpiper 17:55.
3 Little Ringed Plover: 2 juv. 17:55.
11 Egyptian Goose 17:55.
Yellow Wagtail 17:55.

(per Conor MacKenzie, SNT)

Nether Worton: 3rd August

Nether Worton
5 Spotted Flycatcher: ad and juv. 15:25.

Mary Clifton

Blenheim Park 3rd August

Ruddy Shelduck 9 until 08:40
Dunlin on the mudflats
Little Egret 4
Egyptian Goose 4
Yellow-legged Gull
Great black-backed Gull

Lower Heyford: 3rd August

Lower Heyford
2 Spotted Flycatcher: Around sports club / playing fields. 08:30.

Colin Oram

Chipping Norton: 3rd August

Chipping Norton
2 Green Sandpiper: ad pair. In margins of small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 09:00.
Grey Heron: SP283268. 09:00.
3 Black-headed Gull: SP283268. 09:00.
Kestrel: juv fem. SP283268. 09:00.
4 Whitethroat: SP283268. 09:00.

Steve Akers

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Otmoor 2nd August

Evening at second screen:

4 green sandpiper
1 little ringed plover
Water rail

Sent from my iPhone

Linky Down: 2nd August

Linky Down

Bald Hill
2 Raven

Ian Elkins

Dix Pit: 2nd August

Dix Pit
2 Oystercatcher: SP406053. 07:15.
4 Red-crested Pochard: SP406053. 07:15.

George Best