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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Farmoor: 30th April

9 Whimbrel: 2 groups 3 +6.

Jeremy Dexter

Sanderling courtesy of Jeremy Dexter.

Whimbrel courtesy of Jeremy Dexter.

Whimbrel courtesy of Jeremy Dexter.

Sanderling courtesy of John Workman.

Sarsgrove: 30th April

Wheatear: male. 11:30.

Steve Akers

Chinnor: Cement Works: 30th April

Chinnor: Cement Works
2 Little Ringed Plover 13:30.
2 Hobby 13:30.
3 Shelduck 13:30.
Bar-tailed Godwit: Cracking s/p bird feeding on muddy margins and still present
at 16:45 (D.S) 

Nick Marriner

Bar-tailed Godwit courtesy of David Stracey.

Otmoor 30th April

1 Marsh Harrier
5 Hobby 
1 Peregrine  
4 Redshank 
1 Ringed Plover
2 Cuckoo

10 species of Warbler including:
Grasshopper Warbler
6 Lesser Whitethroat

(per John Taylor, Dave Doherty)

Old Caley's Diary

Pixey Mead: 30th April

Pixey Mead
Cuckoo: Calling in trees by river Thames just above Duke's cut. 17:00.

Andrew Siantonas

Radley GPs - 30th April

Cuckoo calling
Garden Warbler

Grimsbury Reservoir: 30th April

Grimsbury Reservoir
6 Common Sandpiper: This mornings reported Turnstones have been re identified as Common Sandpipers . It was very foggy first thing! 10:20.

David Brown

Spiceball Park Banbury 30th April

No sign of Wood Warbler in Spiceball Park, Banbury so far this morning. But every chance its still there - worth trying once it warms up a bit as its foggy & freezing at the moment!

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 30th April

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Barnacle Goose: Resting, preening on an island in the wetland. 08:45.

Steve Holliday

Hinksey Park April 30th

Hobby - 1 low to the north at 06:28,

Sent from my iPhone

Monday, 29 April 2019

Banbury Spiceball Park 29th April

Wood Warbler courtesy of Colin Wilkinson.

Colin Wilkinson has again found a Wood Warbler, in Spiceball Park, Banbury! Singing from trees by the northern footbridge, on west bank of the river (JFT) 19:19.

Chinnor: Cement Works: 29th April

Chinnor: Cement Works
Hobby: Feeding over deep quarry. 12:45.

Nick Marriner

Standlake Pit 60: 29th April evening

1 Bar-tailed Godwit
1 Whimbrel
2 Curlew
2 Oystercatcher

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Bar-tailed Godwit (c) Stephen Burch
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Standlake Pit 60 - Mon 29th

Whimbrel courtesy of Mick Cunningham.

Bar-tailed Godwit,
2 Redshank,

No sign of Garganey by 2.15pm.

(per Geoff Wyatt, Dave Murphy,  Mick Cunningham)

Bar-tailed Godwit courtesy of Dave Murphy.

Courtesy of Mick Cunningham.

Chinnor: Cement Works: 29th April

Chinnor: Cement Works
Wheatear: Female by southern screen.
Little Ringed Plover: Lake 2b.

David Stracey

Courtesy of David Stracey.

Port Meadow: 29th April

Port Meadow
Little Ringed Plover
4 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 29th April

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 15:26.

David Brown

Farmoor - Mon 29th 8.30-11.30

2 Little Gulls,  1 ad, 1 2nd/s,
20+ Common Terns,
3 Swift,
2 Redshank,
2 Oystercatcher,
Green Sand,
Gropper, singing from back of Pinkhill,
3 Yellow Wagtails.

Piddington: 29th April

Whimbrel: Fly over. 08:00.

Colin Oram

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Garsington: 28th April

Cuckoo: Heard between Garsington and Denton. Probably out usual Cuckoo. 23:16.

Stephen Lockey

Pit 60

Apologies if this appears twice. Cannot post from phone for some reason.

The drake Garganey still present at 20.05pm (a photographer who came in the hide this evening said he'd seen 3 Garganey at the Pit this am. I've been twice today but only seen the one drake. He'd not managed to get a photo).
I think the 'Northern' Golden Plover bathing/feeding might be injured.
Hobby hunting low over the water this evening.
Otherwise, usual species.


Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 28th April

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
Peregrine: male. Circling overhead. 16:00.

Jeremy Blakey

Farmoor Reservoir 28th April

One of two Little Gulls at Farmoor Reservoir this morning courtesy of Richard Tyler.

Lark Hill 28th April

2 Whinchat (m & f)
Wheatear (m) still showing well at reservoir
2+ Yellow Wagtail
Garden Warbler

Sonning Eye GPs: 28th April

Sonning Eye GPs
4 Hobby 16:00.
2 Mandarin Duck: m+f. 16:00.

Marek Walford

Grimsbury Reservoir: 28th April

Today's Sandwich Tern which showed fantastically well and was still present 16:30pm (per Gareth Blockley)

Standlake: 28th April

1m Whinchat, Pit 38/Thames Fields
Garganey 1m, Pit 60
Golden Plover 1, pit 60
Curlew 1
Common Sandpiper 1

Freeland Woods - Wood Warbler 28th April

Wood warbler singing in woods behind Broad Marsh Lane in Freeland.

No further sign by 14:30.

Freeland 28th April

Wood Warbler singing in woods behind Broad Marsh Lane in Freeland

per Pete Roby

28th April, Grimsbury Reservoir

Sandwich Tern at Grimsbury Reservoir at midday

per John Friendship-Taylor

courtesy of John Friendship-Taylor

: 28th April

Great Mill Pond Mead
Cuckoo: male. Single bird heard calling from this meadow north of the Marston cycle track and east of the University Parks on the River Cherwell. Watched for several minutes calling from ash trees on the bank opposite Parson's Pleasure, and in flight to a new calling post. SP520071. 08:00.

J. W. Dent

Saturday, 27 April 2019

: 27th April

Appleford New Workings
4 Little Ringed Plover: SU520940. 18:00.

Appleford New Workings
Yellow Wagtail: SU520940. 18:00.

Michael Violette

Standlake Pit 60: 27 April am

1m Garganey on N shore from LL hide
1 Common Sand
2 Oystercatchers
50+ Sand Martin at W end
Wigeon and Teal still
Garganey, Wigeon and Common Sand (c) Stephen Burch
Distant Garganey after it had woken up

Farmoor 27th April

Along with Old Caley's Little Gull 4 Arctic Terns opposite the hide showing well around 11.30

Peregrine flew over F2
A few Swifts 

Sonning Eye GPs: 27th April

Sonning Eye GPs
6 Mandarin Duck: 3m+3f. 10:28.
Cuckoo 10:28.

Marek Walford

Farmoor 27th April

09:00 very blustery!

Adult Little Gull (F1 opp hide)

100’s Hirundines (F1)
2 Common Sandpiper (F1 north)
2 Arctic Tern

4 Yellow Wagtail

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 27th April

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Dunlin: Feeding on wetland. 08:30.

Steve Holliday

Friday, 26 April 2019

Farmoor: 26th April (Evening)

1st Winter Flava Wagtail type found earlier in week by Roger was again at eastern end of causeway. (Photographed at 6.30pm). Large influx of wagtails each night at this time, including 10+ Yellow Wagtail. At the same time a very approachable male Sparrowhawk is continually patrolling in the area ........

10+ Swifts
1 Hobby
7 Common Sandpiper
20+ Terns - (appeared to be mostly Common)
1 Cuckoo
Large numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins (but no House Martins)

: 26th April

Blewbury (Lids Bottom)
Ring Ouzel: /m. SU547846. 18:00.

Gerry Quinn

: 26th April

Upper heyford
Probable 3 Raven: Being mobbed by some rooks. SP496258. 17:06.

Gavin Peck

Farmoor, 26th April


Dunlin (2)

Common Sandpiper

Yellow Wagtail (4)

Chinnor: Cement Works: 26th April

Chinnor: Cement Works
Little Ringed Plover: Lake 2b.

David Stracey

Otmoor: 26th April

Bar-tailed Godwit: Present on Ashgrave until 11:10 when it flew off calling when spooked by two Oystercatchers. 14:35.
Hobby: One over Greenaways late morning. 14:35.
2 Cuckoo 14:35.

John Edwards

Lark Hill 26th April

Whinchat (m)
3 Wheatear (m, f and 1s)


Firecrest again in Whitehead Meadow this morning. Per Michael Pocock.

A Merlin flew through Cholsey Churchyard this morning. Per Tony Rayner.

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 26th April

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo: First of the year calling this morning. 10:02.

David Brown

Henley Road GPs: 26th April

Henley Road GPs
Oystercatcher: Heard in the fog. 07:00.

Marek Walford

Thursday, 25 April 2019

A Garden tick

A Garden tick this afternoon and seen and heard singing in Whitehead Meadow, Cholsey. Thanks to Dr Richard Broughton for the alert.

Lark Hill, Wantage: 25 April

1m Wheatear

Wheatear (c) Stephen Burch

Farmoor 25th April

No sign of possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail 06:15 to 8:00 a.m.

per Geoff Wyatt

Sonning Eye GPs: 25th April

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Whimbrel: Flew over low calling and now on the causeway. 06:45.
2 Common Sandpiper: On bouys. 06:45.
2 Oystercatcher 06:45.
5 Mandarin Duck: 3m+2f. 06:45.

Marek Walford

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Farmoor 24 April

1st Summer Eastern Yellow Wagtail?

Port Meadow: 24th April

Port Meadow
5 Yellow Wagtail
2 Little Ringed Plover
4 Shelduck
5 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley, Thomas Miller

Borrow Pit, Banbury 24th April

The Whooper Swan is still about. This afternoon it was on the Borrow Pit before flying with Mutes to usual fields just NE of here.

Farmoor Res 24th April

Grasshopper Warbler

Bicester Wetland Reserve: 24th April

Bicester Wetland Reserve
Greenshank: on pool by new hide. 09:30.
Redshank: On pool by new hide. 09:30.

Laurie Bryant

Otmoor Wednesday 24 April a.m.

Bar Tailed Godwit  1 (Ashgrave)
Cuckoo 3
Grasshopper Warbler 1 (path to screens)
Curlew (Flood Field)
Oystercatcher 2
Snipe 2
Bittern (booming in reed bed)
Lots of warblers

Bar Tailed Godwit on Ashgrave

Gadwall in flight over reed bed

Standlake Pit 60: 24th April

Standlake Pit 60
Marsh Harrier: Cream crown. 12:59.
Hobby: Foy of year here for me. Bombed a cream crown marsh harrier which, in turn, booked red kite! 12:59.

Mick Cunningham

Bicester Wetland Reserve 24th April

1 Common Sandpiper
1 Redshank
1 Little Ringed Plover
1 Cetti's Warbler
5 Sedge Warbler

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Farmoor - Weds 24th 8 - 12.30pm

4 Common Sandpipers,
Ringed Plover,
2 Oystercatcher,
8 Common Terns,
Grasshopper Warbler singing from scrubby area between F1 and Pinkhill lock,
3 White Wagtails,
4 Yellow Wagtails,
Garden Warbler,
c50 Sand Martins,
8 Swallows.

Sonning Eye GPs: 24th April

Sonning Eye GPs
Oystercatcher 06:55.
Mandarin Duck: drk. 06:55.

Marek Walford

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Worton: 23rd April

2 Pintail: m + f. SP460112. 20:00.
2 Red-crested Pochard: m + f. SP460112. 20:00.
3 Common Tern: SP460112. 20:00.
2 Shelduck: m + f. SP460112. 20:00.
4 Egyptian Goose: possible gosling with one pair. SP460112. 20:00.

Malcolm Teal

Otmoor :am 23rd April

2 Hobby
Grasshopper Warbler
Bittern - one booming from second screen, one in flight from first - possibly the same bird
Common Whitethroat
Lots of Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler

(JD & JDH)

Farmoor Reservoir: 23rd April

Farmoor Reservoir
Little Tern: Little tern on f2, occasionally with 1s little gull. 14:53.  (Mick Cunningham)

Sill present 17:02 (Mark Chivers)

South Leigh: 21st April

South Leigh
Cuckoo 09:00.

Richard Catling

Otmoor: 23rd April

Bar-tailed Godwit 1 Big Otmoor
Little-ringed Plover 1 Big Otmoor 

A329 near Moulsford: 22nd April

A329 near Moulsford
Cuckoo: Male heard calling - almost certainly in Cholsey Marsh (but still in SU5985). FoY. SU5985. 19:00.

Mike Amphlett

Monday, 22 April 2019

Farmoor Reservoir: 22nd April

22nd April

Farmoor Reservoir
2 Whimbrel: Circled the Reservoir before departing east. 18:15.
14 Yellow Wagtail: 4 on causeway and 10 on grass by the works. 19:00.

Jeremy Dexter

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR: 22nd April

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR
Wheatear: Feeding from fence at top path. 18:26.

David White

: 22nd April

Pinsley Woods, Long Hanborough
Probable Ring Ouzel: male. SP425135. 17:29.

Emma Hollis

Linky Down - 22nd April

Ring Ouzel (fem) to 14:50 at least

Farmoor - Mon 22nd pm

In addition to Dave's earlier report - by 2.30
Arctic Terns increased to 24 F2,
Black Tern still present,
Common Terns, 20.

Standlake Pit 60: am 22nd April

2 Redshank
3 Little ringed plover
Common tern
Garden Warbler
Common Sandpiper

Grey Heron with Pike

Otmoor 22nd April


Grasshopper Warbler (2 by path to 1st screen)

Cuckoo (3)

Oystercatcher (Big Otmoor)

Raven (Greenaways)

Swallow (2)

Common Tern (1st screen)

Garganey (pair reported 1st screen)

Old Caley's Diary

Chinnor: Cement Works: 22nd April

Chinnor: Cement Works
2 Peregrine: Pair circling on thermal with a Buzzard. 10:00.

David Stracey

Addition to Farmoor earlier

Arctic Tern - 1, seemed to arrive with the Black Tern late morning. Still on F2 to 12:21 at least

Sent from my iPhone

Farmoor April 22nd (7-11:50)

Little Gull - 7 (6ad and 1 2CY)
Black Tern - adult over F1 (11:37)
Med gull - 1 (2CY)
Common Sandpiper - 1
Garden Warbler - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Common Tern - 12

Sent from my iPhone

Port Meadow: 22nd April

Port Meadow
2 Shelduck
3 Oystercatcher
Golden Plover: moribund bird.

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
6 Whitethroat: At least 6 singing males on territory.
3 Garden Warbler: At least 3 singing males on territory.

Adam Hartley

New Marston: New Marston Meadows: 22nd April

New Marston: New Marston Meadows
3 Ring-necked Parakeet: There appears to be at least one large chick in the hole near Rainbow Bridge. Ad m+f seen outside hole, one more face peering out from within! 09:44.

Tom Evans

Otmoor early am

Marsh Harrier 3
Cuckoo 3
Peregrine 2
Cetti’s 4+ (1 seen very well)
Plenty of Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Reed, Sedge

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Farmoor: 21st April (Evening)

Black Tern (with Common Tern)

12 Arctic Terns - left to the North 7.08pm
1 Black Tern - still present at close
4 Yellow Wagtails

Otmoor, 21st April




Grasshopper Warbler (path to 1st screen)
Yellow Wagtail (3)

Hobby (2)
Marsh harrier (2)

Bat species?

Blenheim 21st April

Bonaparte's Gull still by the boathouse at 9:10 am this morning


courtesy of Richard Tyler

Asthall 21st April

Asthall area this morning:
c50 Fieldfare,
Lesser Whitethroat,
2 Marsh Tits
5 Whitethroats

Per Dave Doherty

Farmoor 21st April

Arctic Terns 46+   F2.

Worton: 20th April

2 Pintail: m + f. SP460112. 19:00.
5 Goldeneye: 4f + m. SP460112. 19:00.
Wigeon: f. SP460112. 19:00.
4 Shelduck: SP460112. 19:00.
2 Red-crested Pochard: m + f. SP460112. 19:00.
5 Common Tern: SP460112. 19:00.

Malcolm Teal

Yarnton: 21st April

3 House Martin: First sighting this year in the village. 25 days earlier than 2018. 11:00.

Nick Suckling

Hornton: 21st April

2 House Martin: House Martins arrived and investigating nest sites. SP381455. 12:29.

Mike Prentice

Blenheim: 21st April

Peregrine: circling on thermals with red kites and buzzards close to the lake, headed off towards the northern park. 11:35.
Raven 11:35.

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
2 Shoveler 11:35.

Blenheim: Queen Pool
2 Shelduck 11:35.
19 Grey Heron: at least 11 occupied nests on the island. 11:35.
Little Egret: probable nest on island. 11:35.

Blenheim: Grand Bridge
20 Sand Martin 11:35.

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
2 Common Tern 11:35.

Bob Pomfret

Otmoor. 21st. April. Morning.


Sedge Warbler.
2. Ring ouzel.  I, Morleys, 1 Long Meadow.
3. Grasshopper Warbler, Morleys and path to first screen.
4. Lesser Whitethroat.
3. Cuckoo.
2. Bittern.
Marsh Harrier.
Lots of Sedge Warbler.
Several Reed Warbler.
3. Curlew.
Full supporting chorus.

Per.  Otmoor M.