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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Woodstock: Shipton Slade Farm: 31st August

Woodstock: Shipton Slade Farm
Quail: flushed the bird whilst running across a stubble field. 19:00.

Bob Pomfret

Farmoor 31st August - Juvenile Caspian Gull

A juvenile Caspian Gull was loafing around in the south west corner of Farmoor II late morning, giving excellent views right on the bank for a while. According to Ian Lewington, it's not one of the birds that he's seen recently around Didcot.

 Some digiscoped footage of the bird

Shag courtesy of Dan Pinkham
5 Shag: Still dotted about the two reservoirs and showing well.
10 Yellow-legged Gull: various ages.
2 Yellow Wagtail
2 Egyptian Goose
3 Wheatear

Also, loads of Chiffies in the hedgerows

Peregrine, Red Kite & 3 Common Sandpipers (per Dan Pinkham)

Adam Hartley

The Dunlin courtesy of Gnome

Common Sandpipers courtesy of Dan Pinkham

Otmoor: 31st August

Hen Harrier 1st summer male above & below courtesy of Tezzer

Wood Sandpiper   1st screen still present 17:34 (Badger)
Greenshank  2       1st screen
Hen Harrier  male Greenaways
Hobby  5               Greenaways 
Kingfisher 2
Water Rail c8
Barn Owl              (per Mrs Badger)
Peregrine  1          (per Dave Doc & PG)
Yellow Wagtails
Marsh Harrier  male, female and juv 

PG, PR & SR 

Some of the birds seen from the 1st screen this evening by Badger please view at 1080 HD

Rushey Common lake/ Farmoor,31st August

Rushey Common lake

Hobbies 3 together hunting along east side of lake -family party?
Common Sandpiper
Egyptian Geese 2
Sand Martins c 5 high above lake


Wheatears 2 on slope to offices with several Yellow Wagtails

Kingfisher Radley courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Otmoor RSPB 31st August

Wood Sandpiper still present this morning in front of the 1st screen 10:40
(per Paul Greenaway)

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Otmoor RSPB 30th August

Wood Sandpiper courtesy of Andy Last

Wood Sandpiper on Greenaways near to the cattle pens 17:53
Green Sandpiper
Greenshank 2

(per Andy Last).

Video courtesy of Andy Last

Farmoor Reservoir 30th August


European Shag c 7 -  2@ pontoon Farmoor 2, 3 on rafts Farmoor 1 and 2@pontoon by yacht club

Common Sandpiper 4+
Whimbrel 1 heard passing over high
Yellow legged Gull 5
Herring Gull 2
Greater Black backed Gull 1 ad

Little Grebe 10+
Egyptian Geese 2
Ruddy Shelduck 1 f
Little Egret 1

Swallow 80+
House Martin 20+
Sand Martin 1

Radley GPs 30th August

Osprey over Thrupp Lake 10:40 (per Ben Carpenter)

Farmoor Reservoir 30th August

SHAG 7+ still present on F2 this morning 09:00 (per Dai).

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 29th August


European Shag 9 juveniles   8 @ Farmoor 1 and 1 @ Farmoor 2

Common Sandpiper 2+
Dunlin 1 heard
Ruddy Shelduck 1f
Yellow Wagtail 1

: 29th August

Balscote quarry reserve
Wheatear: SP3942.

Roger Evans

Bicester Wetland Reserve 29th August

7 Green Sandpiper
2 Snipe
2 Heron
2 Kingfisher flying together
16 Teal
2 Chiffchaff

Key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill: 29th August

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill
Redstart: m.
19 Yellow Wagtail
15 Grey Partridge

Mark Merritt

Farmoor 29th August


Still 5 Shag on F2 Pontoon
Ruddy Shellduck
2 Egyptian Goose
12 Little Grebe in one group
+5 Common Sandpiper

Otmoor.A.M. 29th August.

1 Hen Harrier (m)
30+ Yellow Wagtails
2 Kingfisher (per PW.)
150+ House Martin (Noke end)
C.200 Lapwing
1 Hobby
2 Cettis (calling)
2 Redstart
2+ Lesser-whitethroat.

Per PR.  PG.

Farmoor Reservoir 29th August

SHAG c9 (2 on F1 the rest on the pontoons at the southern end of F2). 08:10

(per Dai)

Monday, 28 August 2017

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 28th August

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Wheatear: SP3942.
2 Wigeon: SP3942.
Tufted Duck: SP3942.

Roger Evans

Farmoor Res 28th August

European Shag


European Shag c9 all juveniles:  8 on pontoon on Farmoor 2 near bus shelter and one on pontoon
                              adjacent to yacht club and cafĂ©

Black Tern 2 both passed straight through 1@ 0902  1 @1055

Yellow legged Gull 10+
Greater Black backed Gull 3
Little Egret 1
Common Sandpiper 5+

Egyptian Goose 4
Ruddy Shelduck 1f
Little Grebe 15

Yellow Wagtail 15+
Swallow 12

Kingston Bagpuize: 28th August

Kingston Bagpuize
5 Spotted Flycatcher: 5+ inc 2 ad, 2+ recently fledged downy Young & 1 Imm.
Hobby: Hawking Insects over the garden.
2 Raven
2 Yellow Wagtail: Flew South.

Jed Cleeter

Langford 28th August

Common Crane 3 reported in large stubble field by Broadwell Brook 11:45
(per Birdguides)

Middle Barton: 27th August

Middle Barton
Spotted Flycatcher: LNY. 08:30.

Colin Oram

Otmoor.A.M. 28th August.

Again no sign of male Red-backed Shrike in Long Meadow.

1 Raven (over)
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Turtle Dove
2 Whinchat.


Dix Pit, 28 August

Black Tern, 1 juv - through to SW 10.40
Yellow Wagtails, a few heading S

Stonesfield Common 28th August

Tree Pipit (over)
Redstart 2
Spotted Flycatcher
Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat 7
Blackcap 6+
Chiffchaff 4
Bullfinch 6
Goldfinch 25
Linnet 9

(Per Paul & Vic Wren)

Spotted Flycatcher courtesy of Paul Wren.

Farmoor Reservoir 28th August

Shag photos courtesy of Andy Last

SHAG 9 on Pontoons at southern end of F2 12:20 (per Andy Last)
Black Tern 09:02
Egyptian Goose 3

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 27th August

Shags courtesy of Tezzer

SHAG 6 juveniles originally found by Stuart Thomson c12:45
11 this afternoon (Badger,Tezzer, Dai, Ian Smith et al) with at least 6 birds roosting this evening
(per The Wickster, Mick Cunningham)

Common Sandpiper 3+
Yellow Wagtail 7+
Ruddy Shelduck (per Stephen Burch)

Courtesy of Badger please view at 1080p HD

Padsdown Bottom 27th August

2 Redstart: m/f. SP399406. 18:30.

Mark Ribbons

Otmoor.A.M. 27th August.

RED BACKED SHRIKE (male) reported late morning in Long Meadow but no further sign
by late afternoon.

Spotted Flycatcher courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

10+ Redstart
3+ Spotted Flycatcher
4+ Lesser Whitethroat

(Steve & Pete Roby, Tezzer, Badger)

Male Redstart courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Wheatear courtesy of Paul Greenaway

c5 Whinchat (Pill)
3 Stonechat
1 Wheatear
6+ Yellow Wagtail
1 Raven (over, calling)
2 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Hobby.

Farmoor: 26 August

1 Ruddy Shelduck + not a lot else!

Ruddy Shelduck (c) Stephen Burch

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Lark Hill 26th August

Hobby early evening unsuccessfully hunting Linnets.

Otmoor RSPB 26th August

Spotted Flycatcher Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Ewan Jones

Little Owl
Marsh Harrier 
Yellow Wagtail c20
Whinchat 2+
Cetti's Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Spotted Flycatcher 

(per Ewan Jones, Clara Prieto, Jon Mac, Luke O'Byrne)

Greenshank courtesy of Clara Prieto

Didcot Landfill - 26th August

Caspian Gull 1 gorgeous tea-coloured juv. (No general access) Departed in direction of Farmoor.

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR: 26th August

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR
2 Spotted Flycatcher: North side of M40 at far end of path from car park.

Roger Morton

Kingston Bagpuize: 26th August

Marsh Harrier: imm. Circling up Nprth of me and then flew steady West. Possibly Lews Farmoor bird roosted last night near by. 10:56.
2 Hobby: Circling together above large flock of Hirundines. 11:50.
2 Yellow Wagtail: 1 on neighbors roof and 1 high South calling. 10:40.

Jed Cleeter

Friday, 25 August 2017

Farmoor 25th August evening

Large gull roost  -  no Cach.

Marsh Harrier 1 juv drifted over SW in near darkness (8pm+).

Otmoor 25th August.

Departing Cranes Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Norman Smith 

At about 11.30 this morning the two cranes appeared form the direction of the MOD land and began to call continuously while circling over Greenaways at the spot where they are frequently seen together. They continued calling and circling while climbing higher and higher and always moving towards the west, until they disappeared from view all together.

Norman Smith

2 Greenshank
C.100 Lapwing
3 Whinchat
2 Stonechat ( A&J)
2 Common Cranes

Kingston Bagpuize: 25th August

2 Hobby: Adult flew fast west 07:42 and Imm flew SW at 12:40.
9 Yellow Wagtail: Flew high South together on passage. 19:20.

4 Yellow Wagtail: On roof behind Hinds Head Pub. 18:00.
2 Raven: Seen daily recently.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Farmoor 24th August

Sanderling courtesy of Jeremy Dexter 

Mediterranean Gull: juv moulting to 1w. Med gull in roost. More 1w scaps than Carswell bird. Similar number of LWHGS as Ian L reported other night. Sev yellow legged gulls but couldn't find a caspian (per Mick Cunningham)

2 Black Tern
3 Redshank
8 Common Sandpiper
1 Sanderling
13 Little Grebe
Ruddy Shelduck
Egyptian Goose
2 Wheatear (1juv)

(per Dai, Derek Latham)
Little Grebes (3 underwater) courtesy of Dai

Sanderling courtesy of Dai

Juvenile Wheatear courtesy of John Workman

Otmoor. August.

3. Greenshank.
Green Sandpiper.
2. Common Sandpiper.
7. Whinchat.
6. Yellow Wagtail.
150. Lapwing.
7+ Redstart.
4. Lesser Whitethroat.
2. Common Crane.
3.Marsh Harrier.  (2. Juv.)
Per.  P.G.  T.S.



Farmoor Res 23rd August

A good roost tonight with c6000+ LWH gulls

Caspian Gull  1 juv
Yellow-legged Gull 35++
Med Gull  1 1stw  (same as two nights ago).
Black Tern  15 adults
Common Tern  9

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Harwell Lab: 23rd August

5 Spotted Flycatchers

Farmoor Reservoir 23rd August

Black Tern 14 on F2 nr 'Bus stop' c18:46
Arctic Tern

(per Dai)

Rushey Common lake, 23rd August

Dunlin 2


Otmoor.A.M. 23rd August.

Ringed Plover (juv)

1 Hobby
2 Cettis Warbler (calling)
1 Ringed Plover (juv)
1 Greenshank
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Marsh Harrier (m)
2 Common Cranes
1 Hen Harrier (m)
1 Sparrowhawk.

1st Summer male Hen Harrier and Kestrel courtesy of Pat Galka

Carswell Marsh: 23rd August

Carswell Marsh
Mediterranean Gull: juv with some 1w scaps in fields next to ST Hugh"s school Carswell.
In amongst c600 lbbs c8 YLG and small number BHGS. The med is a juv has one, poss two grey scaps moulted in.

Mick Cunningham

Bicester Wetland Reserve 23rd August

4 Green Sandpiper
2 Snipe
1 Heron
9 Gadwall
8 Teal

1 Roe Deer

Key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd August

Common Scoter courtesy of John Friendship-Taylor.

4 Common Scoter: 3 males, 1 fem. 08:10 but no further sign by 12:30

John Friendship-Taylor

Grimsbury Birds

Ewelme: Cress beds: 22nd August

Ewelme: Cress beds
12 Yellow Wagtail

Thomas Stevenson

Otmoor Evening 22nd Aug

Whinchat courtesy of Andy Last

6 Whinchat on Greenaway's
2 Redstart (per Eddie McLaughlin)
Hen Harrier over Greenaway's then flew to closes (m)
1 Bittern (per Tezzer)
2 Cranes (per Tezzer)
22 Yellow Wagtail (per Tezzer)
Marsh Harrier (m)
3 Greenshank
1 Common Sandpiper
14 Snipe
2 Cetti's Warbler

Redstart courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin