Bird List

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Aston’s Eyot Bird lists
(includes the Kidneys, Long Meadow and for water birds the river front down to Donnington Bridge)
This is a work in progress, and we would welcome your records both old and new – see sightings page on the website.  Most species have been confirmed in 2010-13.  Several that probably turn up reasonably regularly, but for which we don’t have a recent record, are indicated.  Some others that were recorded in the 1970s & 1980s, but not recently, are indicated as ‘occurred in the past’.  For fuller details see the dated lists available as a download.
[# = flying over only]
Great Crested Grebe  –  Resident in general area, very infrequent at Aston’s Eyot
Dabchick/Little Grebe  –  Resident in general area, infrequent at Aston’s Eyot
Cormorant   –  Resident, seen regularly along the Thames
Grey Heron   –  Resident in general area, seen regularly
Little Egret – Resident; occasional flying over
Greylag Goose (feral)  –  Resident, breeds locally
Canada Goose   –  Resident, sometimes breeds on Aston’s Eyot/Kidneys
Mallard  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Teal   –  Winter visitor in very small numbers
Shoveler  –  A pair on Long Meadow in March-April 2013 is the only record
Tufted Duck  –  Winter visitor on Thames when local lakes frozen
Scaup – A female on Thames December 2010 – January 2011 is the only record
Goosander  –  Winter visitor in small numbers, absent some years
Mute Swan  –  Resident, sometimes breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Osprey  –  One old record (1980s)
Red Kite #  –  Resident in general area, often seen overhead
Sparrowhawk  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Buzzard   –  Resident in general area, often seen flying over or perched in trees
Hobby  –  Summer visitor, infrequently seen hunting dragonflies
Kestrel   –  Resident, breeds locally, regularly seen
Grey Partridge  –  One old record (1980s)
Pheasant  –  Resident in general area, seen sporadically; bred on Aston’s Eyot in 2012.
Water Rail  –  Winter visitor, infrequent
Moorhen   –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Coot  –  Resident, sometimes breeds on Aston’s Eyot/Kidneys
Lapwing  –  Very occasionally seen flying over (one record in 2012; more frequent in the 1980s)
Redshank  –  probably occurs sometimes, no recent records
Common Sandpiper  –  Occasional, passage migrant
Common Snipe  –  probably occurs sometimes, no recent records; regular on Iffley Meadows when partly flooded in winter
Woodcock  –  probably occurs sometimes, no recent records (more frequent in 1980s)
Black-headed Gull  –  Resident in general area, present all year along river
Greater Black-backed Gull – Only recorded in 2002, but probably flies over with other gulls
Lesser Black-backed Gull   –  Resident, breeds locally; seen on Aston’s Eyot all year round
Herring Gull   –  Occasional in winter
Common Gull  –  Rarely recorded, but may be overlooked flying over
Stock Dove  –  Resident, probably breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Feral Pigeon #  –  Resident, breeds locally; usually seen flying over
Turtle Dove  –  Occurred in the past, no recent records
Collared Dove  –  Resident, breeds locally, occasionally also on Aston’s Eyot
Tawny Owl  –  Resident,  probably breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Cuckoo  –  Regular summer visitor in the past, now usually just on spring passage;  seen prospecting in 2011
Swift #  –  Summer visitor, breeds locally; often seen overhead
Kingfisher  –  Resident, breeds locally
Green Woodpecker  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot or nearby
Gr.Spotted Woodpecker  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’ Eyot
Lr.Spotted Woodpecker  –  Occurred in the past, no recent records
Skylark  –  Occasionally recorded flying over
Swallow #  –  Summer visitor, breeds locally (under bypass bridge beyond Iffley, Donnington Weirs)
House Martin #  –  Summer visitor (one or two pairs still bred in East Oxford in 2012, gone 2013)
Sand Martin #  –  Summer visitor, occasional passage birds along river corridor
Meadow Pipit  –  Infrequent winter visitor; seen 2009; more frequent on Iffley Meadows
Grey Wagtail  –  Resident, sometimes breeds locally; infrequent on Aston’s Eyot
Pied Wagtail  –  Resident & winter visitor, infrequent on Aston’s Eyot, more often seen near Donnington Bridge
Great Grey Shrike  –  Two records: one in 1976, and one reported nearby on Iffley Meadows in October 2011
Waxwing – Occasional winter visitor; only two records on Aston’s Eyot (January 2011, March 2013) but seen in gardens in Meadow Lane & Iffley Rd area in winter 2008-9 and December 2010-March 2011 and similarly 2012-13.
Wren  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Dunnock  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Grasshopper Warbler  –  Occurred in the past, no recent records; better habitat across river at Long Bridges
Sedge Warbler  –  Summer visitor, breeds Iffley Meadows; infrequent on Aston’s Eyot
Reed Warbler – One singing by the river in July 2013 is the only record; sometimes occurs on Iffley Meadows
Blackcap  –  Summer visitor, breeds on Aston’s Eyot; Winter visitor in nearby gardens
Whitethroat  –  Summer visitor, breeds Aston’s Eyot
Lesser Whitethroat  –  Summer visitor; occurred in the past, no recent records on Aston’s Eyot but seen nearby
Willow Warbler  –  Summer visitor & passage migrant, no longer breeds regularly
Chiffchaff  –  Summer visitor, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Goldcrest  –  Resident, breeds locally; infrequently seen but may breed on Aston’s Eyot
Spotted Flycatcher  –  Occurred in the past, no recent records
Robin  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Fieldfare  –  Winter visitor
Blackbird  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Redwing  –  Winter visitor; sometimes a large overnight roost
Songthrush  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Mistle Thrush/Stormcock  –  Resident, infrequently seen; formerly much more common
Long-tailed Tit  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Marsh Tit  –  Occurred in the past; one recent record: November 2012
Willow tit  –  Occurred in the past, no recent records
Coal Tit  –  Occasional winter visitor to nearby gardens, very infrequent on Aston’s Eyot; scarce resident breeder in East Oxford
Bluetit  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Great Tit  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Nuthatch  –  probably occurs sometimes, no confirmed recent records
Treecreeper  –  Resident, sometimes breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Chaffinch  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Greenfinch  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Siskin  –  Winter visitor in small flocks of up to 25+, feeds in alders
Redpoll  –  Occasional winter visitor in small numbers, not seen every year
Goldfinch  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot and nearby gardens
Linnet  –  Resident & winter visitor; occurred in the past, no recent records
Bullfinch  –  Resident, occasionally breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Corn Bunting  –  Occurred in the past, no recent records
Yellowhammer  –  Occurred in the past, no recent records
Reed Bunting  –  Occasional, especially in winter; breeds on Iffley Meadows; bred Kidneys 2012.
House Sparrow  –  Resident, massive recent decline, rarely seen beyond local gardens; still breeds locally in small numbers
Tree Sparrow  –  Occurred in the past, no recent records
Starling  –  Resident, breeds locally
Jay  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Magpie  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot; large winter roost of up to 80 birds
Raven – Two records in 2011, one in summer, another in December; 2 birds in September 2012; has increased generally, so more to be expected
Jackdaw  –  Resident, breeds locally
Carrion Crow  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Rook  –  probably occurs sometimes, no records since 1988
Wigeon  –  probably occurs sometimes, no recent records
Pochard  –  probably occurs sometimes, no recent records
Common Tern  –  Summer visitor seen along Thames, non-breeder
Wood Pigeon  –  Resident, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
Short-eared Owl – Exceptional; one seen flying over Aston St, autumn 2011
Garden Warbler  –  Summer visitor, breeds on Aston’s Eyot
[last revised 21.7.2013]