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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Burford 30th September

Probable Osprey 1ml west of Burford north of A40/B4425 junction over field by river
Windrush at midday (per RBA)

Henley 30th September

Ring-necked Parakeet 1 nr the rugby club at midday (per Clackers)

Yarnton: 30th September


Nick Suckling

Stanton Harcourt 30th September

Shelduck 2
Red-crested Pochard 14 (6@ Dix 8@ Rushey)
Golden Plover 8
Lapwing c560
Snipe 28
Peregrine (Rushey)
Wheatear f (Dix-Devil's Quoits)
Siskin (over Dix)

Juv Great-crested Grebe at Rushey

Grove 30 Sept morning

Raven (1)
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (1) - calling not seen
Both in area just north of Grove by bridge over railway at about SU401912

Bernwood Forest: Waterperry Wood: 30th September

30th September

Bernwood Forest: Waterperry Wood
2 Willow Tit: Very surprised to hear willow tits (more than one - number unknown) wheezing away in one of the many sizable tit flocks. Heard along edge of one of the cleared areas slightly to SW of centre of woods. Not seen well at all - would not have distinguished from Marsh by sight. SP603090.
2 Common Crossbill
2 Redshank: Flushed by Kite from pool in pasture to South of woods. SP597085.

Mark Merritt

Grimsbury Reservoir: 30th September

Grimsbury Reservoir
Peregrine: Hunting over the back fields. Seen heading off south west.
4 Jay: 1 in the wood and 3 high over north west.
15 Meadow Pipit: 15+ over south east.
16 Swallow: over south.
3 Grey Wagtail
25 Siskin: c.15 in the wood and c.10 along the river.

Gareth Blockley

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Friday, 28 September 2012

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 28th September

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
2 Whinchat: along path to 1st screen.
1 Stonechat (per Peter Coombes)

Peter Law

Blenhiem Lake 28th September

Garganey 1
Pintail 1
Wigeon c20
Teal 50+
Gadwall c100
Shoveler c20
Tufted Duck 20+
Mallard 50+

Ring-necked Parakeet in Woodstock
in Budds Close off the Banbury Road
(per Bob Pomfret Oxonbirds)

Port Meadow 28th Sept

Golden Plover 220
Lapwing 50

(per M.Gregory)

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Boars Hill: Youlbury: 27th September

Boars Hill: Youlbury
2 Raven: Flying over.

Anthony Roberts

Cuddesdon 27th September

Redstart Cuddesdon (per Tom Bedford) The Birdless Cuddesdon Blog

Oxford 27th September

Aston's Eyot
Raven Singles seen on and off through September, a pair on c.7th. SP522050.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 27th September

Grimsbury Reservoir
2 Wheatear
60 Swallow: c.60 over east (groups of c. 35, 20 and 5).
6 Meadow Pipit: over south east.
10 Siskin: c.10.

Gareth Blockley

Otmoor 27th September.

Stonechat & Whinchat
Stonechat 4 (m/f along fence south of hide- (f/juv 100 acre per Paul Greenaway)
Whinchat 4 along fence south of hide
Yellow Wagtail 16+ Ashgrave/Closes
Meadow Pipit 10+ Ashgrave/Closes
Kingfisher (m) 1st screen
Raven 2
Pintail 2
Wigeon 50+
Shoveler 20
Teal 50+
Snipe 25+
Ruff 1
Lapwing c100 (over per Paul Greenaway)

100 Acre Stonchat (c) Paul Greenaway

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Farmoor September 26th

Common Tern 3
Arctic Tern 1
Redshank 1
Dunlin  3
Wheatear 1

The Insomniac Birder

Otmoor.A.M. 26th September.

Pintail (c) Paul Greenaway

2 Pintail (m/f)  ( 1st screen )
1 Stonechat (m) ( S/W corner of Closes)
1 Kingfisher (Noke End)
2 Raven (over)
C. 25 Snipe (over Ashgrave)
2 Goldcrest (Ashgrave Bridge)
4 Little Egret
Lots of Hirundines still.

Otmoor Birding

Stanton St John 26th Sept

Redstart (f) (per CEB)

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Cholsey Lollingdon Hill 25th September

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill
2 Raven: Flew south.
3 Chiffchaff

Cholsey: Cholsey Marsh Nature Reserve
Peregrine: flew south.

(Paul Chandler) Cholsey Wildlife
Hobby at Radley (c) Mark Chivers

Otmoor 25th September

Merlin (1st screen per Andy Last)
Sprawk (1st screen per Andy Last)
Peregrine (per Peter Coombes)
Snipe 10+
Wigeon c20
Shoveler c20
Teal c40
150+ Hirundines mostly Swallows but inc House & Sand Martins

Otmoor Birding

Grimsbury Reservoir: 25th September

200 Swallow: Masses of birds moving through but lingering at reservoir for a few minutes. Probably well in excess of 200. Many very freshly fledged juveniles.
40 House Martin
30 Sand Martin
3 Grey Wagtail
20 Meadow Pipit: 20 + (9+ over and 11 grounded).
4 Common Gull: Over south.
4 Siskin: Over south.

Gareth Blockley

Farmoor 25th September

2 juv. Arctic Terns on F1

(per Dai) The Insomniac Birder

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Farmoor 23 September

Grey Plover juv
Still there in the rain at dusk.
(c) The Paranoid Birder

Grey Plover 1 (still 08:50)
Ringed Plover
Dunlin 15 (through)
Common Sandpiper 2
Yellow-legged Gulls

(per Dai) The Insomniac Birder

Grimsbury Reservoir: 23rd September

Grimsbury Reservoir
Wigeon: (number 105 for the Grim res year list).
75 Swallow
10 Sand Martin
10 House Martin

Gareth Blockley
Otmoor Kingfisher (c) Kevin Henshaw

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Farmoor Res 22nd September

Late afternoon early evening

Grey Plover 2 juveniles
Common Redshank 11
Dunlin 5 juveniles
Northern Wheatear 1
White Wagtail 1

Black Audi Birding.

Farmoor 22nd Sept

Grey Plover 2 F1 17:40-dusk (Badger et al)
Redshank 11

08:00 to 11:30

Hobby 1
Wheatear 1
Common sand 1
Dunlin 5
Swallow - several, mainly south following the Thames
House Martin - several
Sand Martin - several
Tawny owl -1
Reed warbler - 2
Whitethroat - 1
Yellow legged gull

More from the Res at The Insomniac Birder

Grey Plover at Farmoor Viewable at 720p HD

Farmoor 22 Sept morning

Wheatear (c) Stephen Burch
Click here to enlarge
Lesser Whitethroat Otmoor (c) Peter Coombes

Radley 22nd September

Red-veined Darter again at Radley early afternoon north of H/I
between the fence line and the main train track.

(per Jason Gosling)

No further sign 4-5pm

Otmoor 22nd September

Hen Harrier early a.m only (per Mark Chivers)
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Green Sandpiper 2+
Stonechat 1 (to the right of the path to the 1st screen)
Whinchat 3+
Lesser Whitethroat (2nd scn)
Black Cap
Reed Warbler 2
Meadow Pipit c20
Yellow Wagtail 2

Otmoor Birding

Meadow Pipits- part of a notable passage through the county

East Hendred Downs 22nd September

(c) Mark Merritt

1    Stonechat
45  Meadow Pipit
6   Yellow Wagtail
12 Grey Partridge (2 groups of 6)

(Mark Merritt)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd September

17 Siskin: 9 over south, c.8 in the wood.
20 + Meadow Pipit (seemed to be a constant call of meadow pipits
                                 going over this morning)
Yellow Wagtail

(Gareth Blockley)

Cholsey 21st September

Lollingdon Hill

Redstart 2
Wheatear 4

(per Paul Chandler) Cholsey Wildlife

Friday, 21 September 2012

Port Meadow: 21st September

Port Meadow
4 Dunlin
Ringed Plover

Adam Hartley

Otmoor.A.M. 21st. September.

Hen Harrier (fem) over Greenaways at 13:16 (per RBA)

2 Blackwits
2 Greensands
7 Snipe
C. 50 Mipits.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Farmoor 20th September

Caspian Gull (1stw)
Med Gull 2 (1stw & 2ndw)

(per R.B.A )

Merlin (m)
Egyptian Geese 2
Ringed Plover 

The Insomniac Birder

Otmoor 20th September

Green Sandpiper 4
Black-tailed Godwit 2 (per Peter Coombes)
Merlin Ashgrave (per Peter Coombes)
Whinchat 1 (Noke)
Wheatear 3
Yellow Wagtail 3

Farmoor Res 20th September

Early afternoon

Dunlin 3 all juveniles
Northern Wheatear 1
Little Grebe 2
Yellow legged Gull 2

Black Audi Birding

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Oxon/Glos Border 19th September

Osprey east of Great Rissington flew south at 10:30a.m (per RBA)

Port Meadow: 19th September

Port Meadow
Ringed Plover
~120 Golden Plover

Adam Hartley

Farmoor Res 19th September

This afternoon

Dunlin 4 (these were different to the the four seen yesterday)
Northern Wheatear 1
House Martin 300+
Sand Martin 10+

Black Audi Birding

Lollingdon Hill 19th Sept

Redstart still though elusive (per Paul Chandler) Cholsey Wildlife

Otmoor A.M. 19th September.

Black-wits at the 1st screen (c) Paul Greenaway

(c) Derek Woodard

2 Whinchat
1 Sparrowhawk (F)
2 Hobby
2 Black-tailed Godwit

Otmoor Birding

Kestrel (c) Derek Woodard

Farmoor Res 19th September

Dunlin 3
Ringed Plover 1
Yellow Wagtail 3

(per Andy Last)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Farmoor Res 18th September

In the evening

Sanderling 1 juvenile
Dunlin 4 juveniles
Ringed Plover 1
Northern Wheatear 1 poss 2
White Wagtail 2
House Martin 45
Sand Martin 20 
Black Audi Birding

Cholsey 18th September

Peregrine juv

200 and counting...

With the belated news of a Wryneck recently in a Deddington garden,
the unofficial 2012 Oxon year list reaches 200 species.

Churn 18th September

Quail in flight early afternoon (per RBA)

Port Meadow: 18th September

Port Meadow
3 Dunlin
5 Ringed Plover
77 Golden Plover

Adam Hartley

Otmoor: 18th September

Marsh Harrier (juv)
8 Whinchat
15 Snipe

Peter Coombes  The Otmoor Blogger


Green Sandpiper 8
Common Sandpiper 1


Monday, 17 September 2012