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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Port Meadow: 28th February

Port Meadow
Yellow-legged Gull: 2w.
5 Shelduck
9 Goosander
5 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Rushy Common 28th February

Great White Egret
Egyptian Goose 2

Pit 60:

Great White Egret
Goldeneye 3 (1m)

(per John Prickett)

Monday, 27 February 2017

RSPB Otmoor WeBS 27th Feb

Another wet and windy day for us but rewarded with godwits, redshank and peak counts for golden plover and lapwing!

Black-tailed godwit

Black-headed gull 50
Canada goose 455
Coot 150
Cormorant 6
Curlew 4
Gadwall 13
Golden plover 6930
Greylag goose 129
Lapwing 4278
Mallard 125
Moorhen 4
Mute swan 6
Pintail 44
Pochard 50
Redshank 4
Shelduck 2
Shoveler 116
Snipe 5
Teal  386
Tufted duck 56
Water rail 1
Wigeon 1795

Bicester: 27th February

Barn Owl: 1 hunting by A41 opposite Ambrosden turn @ 19:90.

Nick Truby

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Woodstock: Sansoms Farm: 26th February

Woodstock: Sansoms Farm

Bob Pomfret

Standlake Common Pit 60 26th February

Courtesy of Derek Latham

Ruddy Shelduck female (presumed feral) at Pit 60 today (per Derek Latham)

Courtesy of Derek Latham

Otmoor Sunday morning 26th February.

Marsh Harrier 2
Redshank (Closes)
Black -tailed Godwits 3 on Big Otmoor moulting into breeding plumage. Looked like the limosa sub species rather than islandica
Barnacle Geese 5
Shelduck 2

Kingston Bagpuize: 26th February

Kingston Bagpuize

Jed Cleeter

River Thames: Rushey Lock to Old Mans Bridge: 26th February

River Thames: Rushey Lock to Old Mans Bridge
4 Curlew

Colin Vickers
Kestrel courtesy of Derek Latham

Balscote Quarry Reserve 26th February

36 Golden Plover: SP3942.
3 Curlew
1 Stonechat

(per Roger Evans)

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Radley GP: 25th February

Radley GP
3 Little Egret
32 Cormorant
48 Greylag Goose: on Thrupp Lake.
3 Red-crested Pochard: 2 drakes; 1 duck.
2 Red-legged Partridge: in Thrupp Lane.
Oystercatcher: at Thrupp Lake.

Ian Elkins
Tufted Duck Otmoor RSPB courtesy of John Reynolds.

Sonning Eye GPs: 25th February

Smew: rh. 11:00. (Henley Rd GPs)
2 Goosander: m+f. 12:14.
2 Red-crested Pochard: m+f. 11:23 (Henley Rd GPs)

Marek Walford

Otmoor 25th of Febuary

Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Water Rail

(Per Owen Crawshaw)

Friday, 24 February 2017

Baulking Pit: 24th February

2+ Y.L. Gull
Grey Partridges calling.

Ewelme: Cress beds: 24th February

Ewelme: Cress beds
Green Sandpiper

Thomas Stevenson

Mays Green: 24th February

Mays Green
Raven: Heading south towards Binfield Heath. SU749798.
2 Mandarin Duck: Pair on a private pond. SU749798.

Ashley Stow

Otmoor. Evening. 24th. February.

Marsh Harrier.
Curlew. 3.
Raven.  2.
Hen Harrier.  (r.t.)

Per. R.L.  T.S.


Hen Harrier.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 24th February

Grimsbury Reservoir
Willow Tit: SP460424. 12:00.
2 Goosander: 1m, 1f. 12:00.

Steve Goddard

Port Meadow: 24th February

Port Meadow
6 Oystercatcher
5 Redshank (per Peter Law)
4 Shelduck
Curlew: heard-only flyover reported by Mary MacDougall.
2 Black-tailed Godwit

Adam Hartley

Farmoor Reservoir: 24th February

Curlew: Flying over Reservoir for approx 15 mins.
5 Goldeneye 12:10.

George Best

Farmoor Goldeneye courtesy of Steve Lockey

Otmoor.A.M. 24th February.

Black-tailed Godwits courtesy of John Reynolds

4 Curlew
1+ Peregrine
2 Barnacle Goose
4 Shelduck
1 Redshank
3+ Marsh Harrier
1 Bittern
8 Black-tailed Godwit
1 Possible Green Sandpiper
4+ Cettis Warbler (h)
5 Water Rail (h).

per S.R. P.R. J.R. P.G.

Marsh Harrier courtesy of Norman Smith

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 24th February

2 Stonechat  (1m 1f )
1 Water Rail
6 Tufted Duck
10 Gadwall
9 Shoverler
40 Teal
1 Little Egret
2 Heron
30 Canada Geese
3 Lapwing

Alan Peters
key holder reserve

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Otmoor.A.M. 22nd February.

Stonechat courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

3+ Marsh Harrier
2 Peregrine
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Bittern
1 Curlew (h)
1 Little Grebe
5+ Stonechat.

Our long staying Great White Egrets

Present at Standlake Common from last summer

Courtesy of Derek Latham

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Otmoor RSPB 21st February

Hen Harrier r/t
Marsh Harrier 3
White-fronted Goose 4 (per Peter Law)

(per Eddie McLaughlin)

Peregrine courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Monday, 20 February 2017

Chipping Norton: 20th February

Chipping Norton
Stonechat: m . 10:00.

Steve Akers

Otmoor.A.M. 20th February.

2 Shelduck.

2 Marsh Harrier (m&f)
1 Peregrine (f)
3 Curlew
6 White-fronted Geese
2 Barnacle Geese
4 Shelduck
2 Bar-headed Geese (Juv)
1 Sparrowhawk
4 Red-legged Partridge.

per  P.R. & P.G.

Feral Barnacle Goose (with Lover).

Port Meadow: 20th February

Port Meadow WeBS Count
660 Wigeon
454 Teal
Gadwall: m.
57 Shoveler
9 Pintail
4 Shelduck
9 Lapwing
4 Oystercatcher
Grey Heron
5 Moorhen
51 Greylag Goose
3 Hybrid Goose
5 Redshank
740 Black-headed Gull
50 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Herring Gull
Common Gull
Mute Swan

Adam Hartley

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 20th February

Bicester Wetland Reserve 20th February

3 Little Egret
3 Heron
13 Shoveler
8 Gadwall
53 Teal
30 Canada Geese
1 Little Grebe
1 Sparrowhawk

Alan Peters
key holder reserve

Blenheim Park 20th February

Pintail 7
Pochard 18
Little Egret 2
Cetti's Warbler

(per Dave Doherty)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Great Bourton 19th February

Courtesy of Sonia Richardson

c10 Waxwing in gardens in Great Bourton today (per Sonia Richardson).

Otmoor 19th Febuary

Possible Jack Snipe in flight over Greenaways.
Much smaller in shape, and far less prominent bill. 

Otmoor Sunday 19th pm

4 White Fronted Geese on ashgrave
2 Peregrines circling high over big otmoor
2 Shelduck on Ashgrave
3 Marsh Harrier
3 Cettis Warbler
2 Stonechat at noke
c40 Pintail on big otmoor
Chiffchaff along bridleway to noke
Water Rail

Siskin female Kennington

Goldfinch Kennington

Siskin male Kennington

All photos courtesy of Mark Chivers

Henley Road GPs: 19th February

3 Goosander: rh. 12:00.
1 Smew rh

Marek Walford

Marcham: 19th February

3 Blackcap: male. On birdfeeders. SU454972.

Dave Higginson
Sparrowhawk near Letcombe Bassett courtesy of Mark Merritt

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Bloxham 18th February

The Gogs, Bloxham
Little Egret: Present in the flood plain then taking off and flying west up the Bloxham Brook. SP458377. 15:00.

Robyn Owen

Port Meadow: 18th February

Port Meadow
3 Shelduck
5 Pintail
50 Black-tailed Godwit: reported by Mary MacDougall.
5 Redshank: reported by Mary MacDougall.
6 Goosander

Adam Hartley

Oxford 18th February

Courtesy of  Luke O'Byrne.

Black Redstart 1w male still present at Lincoln College 16:00 (per Luke O'Byrne).

Standlake pit 60: am 18th February

Record shot of both Great White Egrets

2 Great White Egret
2 Goldeneye (m,f)
2 Pintail
3 Oystercatcher
Peregrine hunting Teal over lake

Great White Egret

Blenheim: 17th February

19 Grey Heron
2 Pochard: male.
2 Kingfisher
2 Little Egret
3 Pintail: all male.
64 Teal
75 Gadwall
154 Mallard
66 Coot
1 Reed Bunting

Bob Pomfret

Port Meadow: 17th February

17th February

Port Meadow
Black-tailed Godwit 13:00.
Oystercatcher 17:15.
3 Pintail: 2m, 1f. 17:15.
3 Goosander: 2m, 1f. 17:15.
5 Shelduck 17:15.

Steve Goddard

Friday, 17 February 2017

Chipping Norton: 17th February

Chipping Norton
Peregrine: fem. 13:00.

Steve Akers

: 17th February

Shenington Airfield
3 Stonechat: 2 male 1 fem
9 golden plover. SP369431. 16:30.

Steve Holliday

Lockinge: 17th February

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker: Three bursts of calling at around 13:30. Heard from about 100m away, coming from trees close to small pool just north of Lockinge Lake. Approx SU426878. Not heard subsequently. 13:30.

Leo Bateman

White Horse Hill: 17th February

White Horse Hill
200 Golden Plover 08:00.
Stonechat: m. 08:00.
2 Corn Bunting 08:00.

Colin Vickers

Baulking: 17th February

Green Sandpiper

Mark Merritt

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Otmoor.A.M. 16th February.

2+ Marsh Harrier
2 Curlew
1 Marsh Tit
1 Hen Harrier
2 Bittern
1 S.E.Owl
2 Sparrowhawk
1 Oystercatcher
1 Peregrine
4+ Cettis Warbler.

per S.R. P.R. P,G. et al.

Golden Plover & Lapwing courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin.

Balscote Quarry 16th February

Stonechat: fem. SP3942.

Roger Evans

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Otmoor 15th February

1 Little egret, seen on Greenaways, Flood and Ashgrave throughout the day.
3 Marsh harriers
1 Peregrine
5000+ Lapwing
4000+ Golden Plover
Curlew on the back footdrains of Greenaways
Starling Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin.

Standlake pit 60: am 15th February

Great White Egret
2 Oystercatcher
2 Goldeneye (m,f)
26 Pintail

Chipping Norton: 15th February

Chipping Norton
6 Bullfinch: 3m; 3f. see inThe Leys. SP308267. 13:00.

Steve Akers

Oxford 15th February

Black Redstart 1w male still present at Lincoln College in first quad 13:40 access
from Turl Street.

(per Wreny)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Oxford 14th February

Black Redstart 1w male still present at Lincoln College in front quad viewed from
College entrance off Turl Street.
(per RBA).

Otmoor RSPB 14th February

Curlew in field adjacent to the second screen
Pintail 3 (Wetlands Watch)
Marsh Harrier (f)

Suzanne Parrott

Otter crossed the path between the bridleway and 1st
screen at c10:45 (per John Prickett).

Chipping Norton: 14th February

200 Lapwing: feeding in and then circling above field near Salford Mill next to A44 WNW from CN
Raven: SP294274. 10:30.
Buzzard: light form

Steve Akers

Dix Pit AM - 14th February

Lesser Redpoll
Both in mobile feeding flock with Goldfinches so could be more

RSPB Otmoor WeBS Monday 13th February

WeBS from Monday 13th February.

Clear blue skies and a flourish of peregrines, harriers and buzzards made WeBS particularly challenging and spectacular for us on Monday morning with our biggest counts of lapwing and golden plover all being flushed up! Good numbers of teal and wigeon as well all around the reserve and, your eyes don't deceive you, one lone snipe brazing the wind on the eastern edge of the reserve.

Black-headed gull

Canada goose 535
Coot 85
Cormorant 4
Gadwall 55
Golden plover 4500
Grey heron 3
Greylag goose 158
Kingfisher 1
Lapwing 5375
Mallard 185
Moorhen 6
Mute swan 2
Pintail 84
Shoveler 252
Snipe 1
Teal  1042
Tufted duck 18
Wigeon 1953

Monday, 13 February 2017

Chinnor: Cement Works: 13th February

Chinnor: Cement Works
Peregrine: Flew over heading East towards Chinnor Hill.

David Stracey

Standlake Common 13th February

Great White Egret courtesy of Derek Latham

Great White Egret
Goosander 2 m
Pintail 5

Curlew Pit 60 courtesy of Derek Latham

Dorchester: Dorchester complex: 13th February

Dorchester: Dorchester complex
8 Egyptian Goose

Thomas Stevenson

Otmoor.A.M. 13th February.

Otmoor Starling courtesy of John Edwards

3 Marsh Harriers (2m)
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail)
1 Bittern
2 Peregrine (both imm female)
1 Curlew (h)
4 Stonechat (Greenaways)
Masses of Lapwing.

Curlew courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Chipping Norton: 13th February

Chipping Norton
Peregrine: circling with prey in tallon. 16:30.
Sparrowhawk: fem. 16:30.
Buzzard: in flight being mobbed by Rook. 16:30.

Steve Akers

University Parks. 13th. February.

Goosander   4.  (2m.  2f.) Still present by rollers.

Blenheim: Queen Pool: 13th February

13th February

Blenheim: Queen Pool
4 Pintail: 3 male + 1 fem. 11:00.

Blenheim: Combe Gate
2 Brambling: male + fem (minimum count). With chaffinches, feeding on beech mast. SP425166. 11:30.

Simon Myers
Dark Buzzard  University Parks Feb courtesy of  Andy Evans.

Chipping Norton: 13th February

Chipping Norton
200 Lapwing: circa 200 in field WNW of CN in field near Salford Mill with Black-headed Gulls. SP294274. 10:00.

Steve Akers

Islip 13th February

Hen Harrier (ringtail) hunting over fields to the left of Kidlington Road just prior to entering the village c11:35 (per Paul Brennan).

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Oxford 12th February

Black Redstart: 1w male. still showing well in the front quad of Lincoln College at 14:55.

Ian Elkins

University Parks 12th February

Goosander 2

Northwest Oxfordshire 12th February

Brambling 12+ feeding by A361 near turnoff signposted for Chadlington

Redwing 200+ on playing field at Kingham mid morning

Chipping Norton: 12th February

Chipping Norton
12 Brambling: 2m. at least 12 in small groups beneath stands of Beech trees. SP315246. 12:00.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: 12th February

Chipping Norton
4 Golden Plover: flying into field W of CN. SP303252. 10:30.

Steve Akers

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Stonesfield: 11th February

Blackcap: male. per Geoff Booth.

Paul Wren

Port Meadow: 11th February

Port Meadow
8 Shelduck
7 Goosander
7 Pintail

Adam Hartley

Farmoor Reservoir: 11th February

Farmoor Reservoir
Knot: Still showing well.

George Best

Chipping Norton: 11th February

Peregrine (f)
10 Brambling: at least 10 - possibly more - in small flock feeding on Beech mast beside A361 and beneath stand of tall beech trees with Chaffinch. SP315246. 13:30.

Steve Akers

Oxford 11th February

Black Redstart courtesy of  Pete Roby (Thanks to the porter for letting me in for a look).

Black Redstart (1st w male) still at Lincoln College in front quad at 14:20 (Badger).
-10:20 (per Peter Law & The Wickster).

Ask at the Porter's Lodge for permission to access the front quad - they were happy for birders to visit this morning.

Courtesy of Gnome


Water rail
Shoveler 2m, 1f
Gadwall 4m, 2f
Blackbird with interesting headdress.

Upper Cherwell Valley: 11th February

Upper Cherwell Valley
Jack Snipe: with JFT.

Gareth Blockley

University Parks 11th Feb

1 Kingfisher
3 Goosander (2m, 1f)

Little Wittenham 11th Feb


2 Marsh tit
Nuthatch 2
Treecreeper 2
3+ Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Green Woodpecker
2 Bullfinch

Farmoor Reservoir 11th February

Knot still along causeway at 09:27 (per Peter Law, The Wickster).

Friday, 10 February 2017

Sonning Eye GPs: 10th February

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Goosander: pair. 12:00.

Hugh Netley

Farmoor Knot

Courtesy of John

Knot still but mobile c11:40 (per Dai)

Oxford 10th February

Lincoln College,
Black Redstart: Showing well eating berries in Front Quad 14.20-14.30. Flitted off over the roof towards Exeter College. Not sure of access situation (I teach for Lincoln, so wasn't an issue), probably best to have a word with porters before wandering around college. But Front Quad is viewable from the college entrance. SP513063. 14:20.

Steve Goddard

Otmoor.A.M. 10th February.

1 Marsh Harrier
1 Bittern
4 Stonechat
2 Goldcrest.

1 Hen Harrier (ringtail  per  P.T.)

Standlake Common: am 10th February

Pit 60
4 Pintail
2 Goldeneye
Pit 28
2 Goosander

Chipping Norton: 10th February

Chipping Norton
Peregrine: fem. believe female - location witheld. 12:00.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: 10th February

Chipping Norton
10 Brambling: 4m; 6f. feeding on beech mast with Chaffinch on side of A361 to Burford between The Beeches and turn to Chadlington - at least 10 - up to 30 seen in last 3-4 weeks (with thanks to local birder Niall). GREAT CARE NEEDED - HEAVY TRAFFIC!. SP315246. 11:00.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: 10th February

Chipping Norton
100 Fieldfare: - at least. SP303252. 10:30.
Bullfinch: male. SP303252. 10:30.
50 Skylark: very vocal flock flying back and forth low over stubble. SP303252. 10:30.
Yellowhammer: male. SP303252. 10:30.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir 10th February

Knot still but mobile c11:40 (per Dai)

Bicester: 10th February

Blackcap: male. In back garden Duxford close. 09:30.

John Gough

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Oxford 9th February

Black Redstart in the Lincoln College gardens today.
Does anyone know if there is any public access to the gardens?

'There is no public access to gardens,but public can visit after 2pm the Chapel Quad,
the bird has been seen there' (Sally Taylor)

Farmoor Res 9th February

Knot courtesy of Dai

Knot along western bank of F2 near hide at 15:09.
Water Rail 2
Stonechat 2

(per Dai)

Henley Road GPs: 9th February

9th February

Henley Road GPs
Goosander: fm. 10:15.
3 Red-crested Pochard: 2m 1fm. 10:25.

John Mcgowan

Otmoor.A.M. 9th February.

2 Marsh Harrier
1 Bittern
1 Curlew (H)
1 Raven (H).
Snipe Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Norman Smith

Wootton nr Abingdon: Bystander PH: 9th February

Wootton nr Abingdon: Bystander PH
2 Blackcap: M&F visiting my dads garden regularly, feeding on home made fat balls.

Jed Cleeter

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Banbury: 8th February

Grey Plover: Heard calling/flying over 23:42.

Gareth Blockley
Golden Plover Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Stanford-in-the-Vale: 8th February

Barn Owl: Per Josh Cleeter.

Jed Cleeter

Chipping Norton: 8th February

Chipping Norton
Peregrine: prior to going to roost - location witheld. 18:00.

Steve Akers

Yarnton/Begbroke 8th of Febuary

Probable Short-Eared Owl Flying over Yarnton Nurseries at Dusk towards Begbroke Science Park.

Port Meadow: 8th February

Port Meadow
Black-tailed Godwit
8 Shelduck
12 Goosander
12 Pintail

Adam Hartley & Peter Law

Farmoor 8th February

Water Rail 3
Cetti's Warbler 1
Common Raven 2