This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!

There is a running total year list in the link above.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

24th Mar 2020: Shovelers and Mandarin

Over the end of last week there was a further trickle of Sand Martins moving through, with several Saturday mid morning. On Sat (21st) the Marsh Tit was singing in the wood again.

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On Sunday (22nd) John had 67 Fieldfares through SE, c.9 Chiffchaff, Coot, Jay and Marsh Tit.

This morning there was a pair of Shoveler and a drake Mandarin on the reservoir and a Peregrine flew over. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

18th Mar 2020: Wheatear

I was out this morning and there was two Coots on the reservoir and three Sand Martins went through north. At lunch time Ian had 12 Sand Martins.

Late afternoon John found our first Wheatear of the year. It was flighty, but he managed to get a pic.

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Monday, 16 March 2020

16th Mar 2020: Sand Martins

Our first report of Sand Martins this morning from M Hunt, with three around for about 10 mins before departing to the north.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

15th Mar 2020

The weather was truly awful today, but there was at least one Chiffchaff singing along the river in the morning. During the very heavy rain mid morning at least four Meadow pipits were downed along the western edge of the reservoir.

Mike was out late afternoon and had a drake Pochard at the Borrow Pit pool.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

14th Mar 2020: Little Ringed Plover

What a difference a day makes... Yesterday afternoon there was virtually nothing at all at the reservoir.

John was out reasonably early this morning and was well rewarded for his effort. We had our first Little Ringed Plover of the year and possibly first for the county again?

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There was also at least four, possibly five, singing Chiffchaffs around the reservoir and woodland. It's worth noting we haven't recorded any over the winter, for the first time in a few years now, and these are all very likely freshly arrived migrants.

Friday, 13 March 2020

13th Mar 2020: end of winter summary

I think it's fair to say the end part of the winter was rather dull and uneventful! Although I believe people weren't visiting very frequently, when they did there was virtually nothing to see at all. So here's a very short summary of the better sighting from the last month and a half. 

On the 29th Jan there was the drake Gadwall still at the Borrow Pit pool in the valley. 

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On the 7th Feb Adrian saw a pair of Wigeon also up on the Borrow Pit pool. 

John was out on the 8th Feb  and had a female Stonechat and Gadwall at the Borrow Pit and another female Stonechat and a Snipe in the usual wet field. 

Mike called in very briefly on the 17th Feb and jammed in on a drake Goosander while he was there. They were quite uncommon here this winter compared to the last few years.

On the 26th Feb there was a female Stonechat along the ditch in the cattle field. During a big influx of Stonechats nationally at the time, I'm surprised we didn't get more.

In the woodland on the 8th Mar there was a pair of Marsh Tits and the male even sang briefly. 

Monday, 27 January 2020

27th Jan 2020

Mike Curnow was out today and had the Gadwall at the Borrow Pit still and 60 Lapwing over.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

25th Jan 2020: Gadwall

John was out on this morning and had a Gadwall up at the Borrow Pit pool and a Great Black-backed Gull at the reservoir. There was also the Marsh Tit and a Jay in the wood.

Friday, 24 January 2020

24th Jan 2020

I had a walk around today, it was fairly quiet really. Although c.45 Lapwing in a wet field up the valley was nice to see and possibly the most I've seen on patch.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

11th Jan 2020

I had a walk around with John this morning. To be honest not any huge changes or big news, but the was still a Little Egret and a Greylag Goose up the valley.

Friday, 10 January 2020

10th Jan 2020

I had a good walk around this afternoon. It was a lovely sunny day and a pleasant walk, but unfortunately very little change bird wise. House Sparrow and Kingfisher were new for the year though. I stayed for the gull roost, but only 17 Black-headed Gulls arrived by 4:20 when I decided to give up and go home!

Sunday, 5 January 2020

5th Jan 2020: Whooper Swans!

This morning was my first real chance to have a proper walk around the whole patch, along with Clive. It was really good and we recorded 51 species on patch.

At the reservoir we had Siskin fly over and a Jay in the wood. The best birds were further up the valley though. There were two Stonechats around the borrow pit pool (which have been around for a while now). I was scanning though the ducks when we finally realised the two swan at the back of the pool were not Mute Swans! Unfortunately just after we realised they were flushed by a passing dog walker. We got a good enough view to confirm they were Whooper Swans but unfortunately my chance to get any pictures was rather brief... well that's my excuse anyway! There was also a Little Egret flying around, a Wigeon on the pool and two Snipe in the usual wet field. Later in the afternoon there was three Wigeon flying around over the reservoir but they didn't land while I was there.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

4th Jan 2020

This morning John had a few bits new for the year including Greylag Goose, Red Kite and Bullfinch.

Friday, 3 January 2020

3rd Jan 2020

A few more bits added to the year list today, mainly stuff from the woodland including Marsh Tit.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

2nd Jan 2020: Pochard

Dylan was up at the reservoir today and recorded a drake Pochard. Nice to get that on the year list early in the year.