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Monday, 31 October 2016

Chinnor Cement Works 31st October

Wood Sandpiper courtesy of David Stacey

Wood Sandpiper: Seen with the Common Sandpiper on lake 2B. SU751997. 11:00.
Common Sandpiper: Along Northern shore of the southern lake

(per David Stracey)

Ardley: pm 31st October

Whooper Swan (ad) still on the Energy Recovery Facility lagoon 14:30

Otmoor. 31st. October.

2 Marsh Harrier.  (m. and F.)
2 Raven.
40 Golden Plover.
Sparrow Hawk.
Hen Harrier.  (ringtail).
3+ White Fronted Geese.
1 Woodcock nr Moorleys (per Luke O'Bryrne)

Ringtail, Greenaways.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Eynsham 30th October

Eynsham 30 October
Short-eared owl 16.20

Yarnton 29th October

Belated report of a Ring-necked Parakeet flying north over Yarnton Nurseries yesterday afternoon.

(per Paul Brennan)

Otmoor RSPB 30th October

Marsh Harrier (f)
Bittern (Greenaways)
White-fronted Geese 3+ (1 ad 2 juv)
Barnacle Goose (feral)
Water Rail 2+
Snipe c30+
Golden Plover 150+
Grey Wagtail
Stonechat (f)
Cetti's Warbler 4+

Dix Pit: AM 30th October

Great White Egret 2 still, viewable from north shore

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Enslow Marsh 29th October

Cetti's Warbler: Singing. SP482185. 17:00.

(per David Watkinson)

Dix Pit: 29th October

Great White Egrets, unsure of the last time two birds were together in the county?
Please view at 1080p HD

GREAT WHITE EGRET 2 (SNT) still present on Island viewable
from the northern (Stanton Harcourt) end 15:00 (Badger).

Little Egret 5
Goldeneye 3
Snipe 1
Siskin 13
Cetti's Warbler

Farmoor Reservoir: 29th October

Snow Bunting on and around the causeway, but very flighty. Submitted to birdguides in the morning, but this is my first opportunity to submit the sighting here. 08:30.
Grey Plover over a.m

(per Robert Godden, Dai John)

Pit 60: 29 October

75 Mute Swans
1 Black Swan
1 Kingfisher
Wigeon, Teal
1 Buzzard
Redwing, Fieldfare
Possible distant snatches of Cetti's Warbler song?

Kingfisher with Perch! 
(c) Stephen Burch
See also my account of this visit on the Tall Birder Blog

Didcot Landfill - 29th October

Caspian Gull: a yellow ringed adult in the landfill then flew towards Radley. No general access to landfill.

Otmoor: 29th October

Bittern: at first screen.
4 White-fronted Goose: on Big Otmoor.
Jack Snipe: feeding in open by first screen.
Kingfisher: from first screen.
Marsh Harrier: fem/imm. over reedbed.
Hen Harrier: ringtail. over Moorleys.
160 Golden Plover: wheeling over first screen.
2 Stonechat: male and female on Greenaways.

Ian Elkins

Ardley: 29th October

Adult Whooper Swan please view at 1080p HD

Whooper Swan (ad) still on the Energy Recovery Facility lagoon 13:12

Take minor road off B430 signed for The Heyfords, park in lay-by then walk back and follow footpath around the perimeter fence of the ERF to view lagoon in the SE corner.

(per Graeme Porter, Badger)

Friday, 28 October 2016

Lollingdon Stonechat

Ardley Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan on Energy Recycling lagoon this evening

A329 near Moulsford: 27th October

A329 near Moulsford
Corn Bunting: Heard, calls and fragmneted song from scrub nr Silly bridge. SU5885. 09:45.

Mike Amphlett

Otmoor:am 28th October

3+ White Fronted Goose on big Otmoor with Greylags

Camouflaged Snipe at first screen

Mrs Stonechat

Mr Stonechat

Otmoor.A.M. 28th October.

1 Hen Harrier (F)
2 Marsh Harrier (M/F)
C.40 Golden Plover (over)
4+ Stonechat
1 Kingfisher.

Farmoor Reservoir 28th October

No sign of 1st w Grey Phalarope (per Dai).

Ardley 28th October

Whooper Swan (ad) un-ringed in field between the recycling centre and M40 with Canada Geese at 11:15 (per Clackers).
Follow footpath around perimeter of the centre to view.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Kingston Bagpuize: 27th October

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: male. Stooped on Woodpigeon flock.

Jed Cleeter

Ardley - 27th October

Whooper Swan on lagoon at SE corner of Energy Recycling Facility (ERF), 1.5 miles south of Ardley on B430. Associating with Canada Goose flock and a Mute, till 15:30 at least. Not clear whether un-ringed.


Take minor road off B430 signed for The Heyfords, park in lay-by then walk back and follow footpath around the ERF. View lagoon in the SE corner or fields between there (SP543251) and M40.

Otmoor.A.M. 27th October.

Hen Harrier at least one ringtail still present this afternoon over Greenaways (per Tezzer).

7+ Golden Plover
2 Siskin (over, per DD.)
1 Sparrowhawk
Lots of Starlings.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A329 near Moulsford: 26th October

A329 near Moulsford
3 Grey Partridge: On W edge of ex-maize field, looked like 1m +2f, but a long way off for my 8x42's!. SU5985. 09:45.

Mike Amphlett

Farmoor Reservoir 26th October

Grey Phalarope still present on F1 although mobile (per Dai)

Otmoor RSPB 26th October

Hen Harrier 2 (ringtail and female) again this afternoon over Greenaways (per Tezzer)

Both photos courtesy of Tezzer.

Kingston Bagpuize: 26th October

Kingston Bagpuize
Rock Pipit: Flew South calling. 07:40.

Jed Cleeter

A329 near Moulsford: 25th October

A329 near Moulsford
Yellow Wagtail: Five calls, S side of railway line between Waterloo and Silly bridges. SU5985. 13:30.

Mike Amphlett

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Kingston Bagpuize: 25th October

Kingston Bagpuize

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor 25th October

2 ringtail Hen harriers seen hunting over Flood early afternoon.

(per Ian Hayward)

4 White-fronted Geese (2 juv) on Ashgrave viewed
from the Wetlands Watch hide at 11:30 (per RBA).

Standlake Common:am 25th October

Pit 60

Green Sandpiper
Lots of Teal, Gadwall and Widgeon

Pit 38

2 x Little Egret
Flock of approx. 30 Fieldfare

Otmoor RSPB 25th October

Ringtailed Hen Harrier still

Radley Large Wood: 25th October

Radley Large Wood
Raven 11:20.

John Hillsdon

Farmoor 25th October

Grey Phalarope 
Dunlin 1
Goldeneye 2 males.
Little Grebe 20+

Monday, 24 October 2016

Stanton Harcourt 24th October

GREAT WHITE EGRET Dix Pit at the Stanton Harcourt end 15:30 (per Phil Brown).

Farmoor Res 24th October


Grey Phalarope  1st winter @ west end of Causeway on Farmoor One

Rock Pipit 3
Meadow Pipit 8
Grey Wagtail 3+
Yellow legged Gull 2
Little Grebe 11

Otmoor. Morning. 24th. October.

150 Lapwing.      Per.  P.G.  T.S.

Farmoor Reservoir 24th October

Grey Phalarope 1stw still N/W corner of F1 this morning (per RBA).

Aston Rowant 24th October

Waxwing Aston Rowant NNR at Stokenchurch gap 10:00

(per RBA)

Oxford Cowley 24th October

Black Redstart no further sign by 12:00 (per Phil Barnett, Peter Law et al)
On roof of Isis Care home Cornwallis road Cowley Oxford at 10:25.

(per John Uren)

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Otmoor 23rd October PM

Hen Harrier (Ringtail) hunting over the reed bed 16:30
Marsh Harrier 2
Merlin: flew through twice attacking the Starlings at roost
Fieldfare 40
Pied Wagtail: around 50 at the roost
Tawny Owl: car park field

(per Steve & Pete Roby)

Bittern: at second screen. 13:45.
4 Water Rail: heard at various points around the reserve.
Grey Wagtail: at second screen.
2 Fieldfare: at the hide.
Cetti's Warbler: heard from second screen.

(per Ian Elkins)

Both photos courtesy of Pete Roby.

Ardley 23rd October

No sign of the Whooper Swan near Ardley this afternoon (per Peter Law)

I checked out two pits between M40 and A43 just north of J10 at SP547282, and one to south at SP548262 accessed along footpath from motorway bridge in Ardley Road SP548272. There is another pit south of Ardley at SP543251, accessible by footpath from B430, that I didn't have time to visit (Peter Law).

Farmoor Reservoir 23rd October

Please view at 1080p HD

Grey Phalarope 1stw along west end of causeway at 16:00
Please view at a sensible distance.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Ardley 22nd October

Whooper Swan 1 this morning on pit adjacent to the M40 (per Paul Edwards).

Benson: Hale Farm: 22nd October

22nd October

Benson: Hale Farm
2 Stonechat 16:00.

21st October
2 Stonechat 16:00.

Thomas Stevenson

Farmoor Reservoir: 22nd October

Farmoor Reservoir
Grey Phalarope: Very photo genic close in down to about 2 feet away at times. 15:35.
Yellow-legged Gull 15:35.

Ralph Watts

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd October

Grey Phalarope still in the N/W corner of F1 10:25 (per Dai).

Friday, 21 October 2016

Farmoor 21st October

Farmoor Res 21st October


Grey Phalarope 1 juvenile moulting into first winter

West bank of Farmoor One - present until at least 1630

Farmoor, Friday

Grey phalaropes still f1 

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Farmoor 21st October

Grey Phalarope on west shore of Farmoor 1 at 13:40

per Ewan

courtesy of Richard Tyler

Devil's Punchbowl: 21st October

Devil's Punchbowl
4 Corn Bunting
4 Stonechat
Raven: 1.

Colin Vickers

Stratfield Brake: 15th October

Stratfield Brake
Purple Heron: Observed for approx 2 mins in clear view by the central islands of the main lake. 07:30 on 15th October


Thursday, 20 October 2016

A329 near Moulsford: 20th October

A329 near Moulsford
Yellow Wagtail: Heard over sheep field nr Silly bridge... it's late October, has it no home to go to?! :-). SU5985. 09:30.

Mike Amphlett

Kingston Bagpuize: 20th October

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. 1 SW early am and east late pm.
8 Brambling: Flew South early am.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor Thursday 20 October (a.m.)

Marsh Harrier  1
Goldcrest         1
Stonechat         3
Cetti's Warbler 3 (heard)
Fieldfare          14 (flock at second screen)
Snipe               25 (first screen)
Goldcrest nr feeders

Stonechat along path to first screen
Long Tailed Tit at hide

: 20th October

Balscote Quarry
40 Golden Plover: SP3942.

Roger Evans

A329 near Moulsford: 19th October

A329 near Moulsford
Yellow Wagtail: In muddy puddle on Silly bridge - a real surprise but definite - called as it flew off. Heard again over sheep field, adjacent cropped maize field. SU589854. 09:30.

Mike Amphlett

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Otmoor.A.M.19th October.

Otmoor Shoveler courtesy of John Reynolds
2 Marsh Harrier
4 Stonechat
2 Water Rail (h)
4 Cettis Warbler (h).

Monday, 17 October 2016

A329 nr Cholsey: 17th October

A329 nr Cholsey
2 Grey Partridge: Calls heard, and two birds seen adjacent W side of hedgerow. SU5985. 17:30.

Mike Amphlett
Otmoor Marsh Harrier courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Otmoor: WeBS totals 17th October

Mallard- 308
Teal- 350
Gadwall- 18
Shoveler- 53
Wigeon- 138
Tufted duck- 4
Snipe- 56
Jack snipe- 1
Bittern- 1
Grey heron- 5
Greylag goose- 305
Canada goose- 42
White-fronted goose- 4
Coot- 24
Moorhen- 3
Water rail- 1
Cormorant- 11
Kingfisher- 3
Mute swan- 11

Marsh harrier- 1
Kestrel- 3
Sparrowhawk- 1
Buzzard- 2

Bittern courtesy of John Reynolds

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 17th October

82 Teal
3 Shoveler
3 Green Sandpiper
2 Heron
2 Grey Wagtail

Alan Peters
Key Holder reserve

Garsington: 17th October

2 Stonechat

Stephen Lockey

Letcombe Bassett: Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett: 17th October

Letcombe Bassett: Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett
2 Stonechat

Colin Vickers

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Stanton Harcourt Dix Pit 16th Sept

Scaup imm male Please view at 1080p HD (ish)

GREAT WHITE EGRET (SNT) still 13:50 on island at southern end.
SCAUP (SNT) (imm male) at southern end 13:45
Swallow 1
Stonechat 1 (m)

Pit 60

Water Rail (along southern shore)
Snipe 4+

(Stuart Thomson, Badger, Mark Chivers, Andy Last)

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 16th October

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Stonechat: SP3942.

Roger Evans

Blenheim: 16th October

5 Mandarin Duck: 3 male, 2 female at the end of Combe Creek.
2 Pintail: male.
25 Shoveler
14 Little Grebe
85 Teal
44 Gadwall

Bob Pomfret

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Churn 15th October

Stonechat 4 (2 m)
Wheatear 2

Woolstone Down: 15th October

Woolstone Down
2 Brambling: At least 2 in shelter belt with Chaffinches.
30 Golden Plover

Crog Hill
Stonechat: f.

Mark Merritt

Otmoor 15th October am.

White-fronted Goose courtesy of  Owen Crawshaw

4 White-fronted Geese (2ad, 2juv) still in front of hide on Ashgrave with Greylags.
1 Barnacle Goose (feral)
1 Peregrine
3 Kestrels
1 Bittern (reedbed)
2 Stonechats on track to second screen
2 Marsh Harriers
100+ Wigeon

Friday, 14 October 2016

Muswell Hill nr Piddington: 14th October

Muswell Hill nr Piddington

Colin Oram

Dorchester: Dorchester complex: 14th October

Dorchester: Dorchester complex
21 Egyptian Goose

Thomas Stevenson

14th October Cholsey

Ring-tailed Hen Harrier flew north towards Cholsey Hill pursued by a Crow
Short-eared Owl 15:45

per Paul Chandler

Otmoor.A.M. 14th October.

Iridescence on the wires.
2 Stonechat
C.100 Lapwing
3 Cettis Warbler.

A329 near Moulsford: 14th October

2 Egyptian Goose: 2 ads, calling, then flew [toward river] from cropped maize field opp Little Willows nursery - a first here. SU5985. 09:45.
Yellow Wagtail: Single call, heard not seen, nr Silly bridge. SU5885. 09:50.

Mike Amphlett

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Farmoor 12th October

Little Stint 2 along causeway
Yellow Wagtail
Rock Pipit

(per Jon Prowse)

Otmoor.A.M. 12th October.

2 Marsh Harrier
1 Sparrowhawk
C.100 Linnet.

Sparrowhawk Marsh Baldon courtesy of Sharron Latham

Rushey Common lake, 12th October

Egyptian Geese 8
Common Sandpiper 2
Lapwings c 60
Grey Wagtail 2
Pintail m


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

A329 near Moulsford: 11th October

A329 near Moulsford
Yellow Wagtail: Heard, over, nr Silly bridge. SU5885. 09:45.

Mike Amphlett

Cholsey 11th October

Jack Snipe photo courtesy of Tony Rayner.

Jack Snipe in orchard near Cholsey this afternoon (per Tony Rayner).
Peregrine 2 Lollingdon Hill
Fieldfare 2+ Lollingdon Hill

(per Paul Chandler) Cholsey Wildlife

Farmoor Reservoir 11th October

Courtesy of Norman Smith

Little Stint still present along the causeway today (per Norman Smith)

Otmoor 11th Oct evening

5:15 - 6:40pm

40+ Fieldfare
Cettis Warbler

Big Otmoor:
Marsh Harrier

Courtesy of Terry Sherlock

White-fronted Geese 4 (2 adults) on Ashgrave in front of the Wetlands Watch hide 15:48
(per Terry Tossell)
In front of the 1st screen 11:33 with c150 Canada Geese.
(per Clackers)

Linkey Down. 11th October.

5 Fieldfare
C. 50 Redwing (over)
1 Mistle Thrush.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Otmoor 10th October

Short-eared Owl

Bicester Wetlands 10th October

2 green sandpiper
1 grey wagtail
6 shoveler
50+ teal
1 chiffchaff

4th or 5th October - Yellow-browed Warbler Witney

Belated report of a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER (our third this autumn so far) in Witney town centre "last week".

per John Barber via a Bird Forum post

Got some more details now: the bird was heard near the car park off Woodford Way in the centre of Witney on either the 4th or 5th of October. 

Otmoor RSPB 10th October

White-fronted Geese taken yesterday courtesy of Mike Pollard.
Nature in the Heart of England

White-fronted Geese 3 (1 juv) still on Ashgrave viewable from the Wetlands Watch hide 13:30.
Whinchat nr Lower Farm

(per Tezzer)

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Otmoor RSPB: 9th October

Family group of White-fronts please view at 1080 HD

4 European White-fronted Geese on Ashgrave viewed from the hide (per Mike Pollard) and still
present at 18:00. One family group of two adults and a juvenile plus a lone juvenile associating with the Greylags (Badger, Tezzer).

Barnacle Goose (feral)
Ross's Goose (feral)
Marsh Harrier
Jack Snipe 2
Golden Plover 150 (per Mike Pollard)
Whinchat 2
Stonechat 8

(per Bark et al)

Family group of White-fronts courtesy of Tezzer

White-fronted Geese in the rain courtesy of Tezzer