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.

Please send in your bird sightings to the B.O.S. and/or to me directly for inclusion on the blog. If you have some photos you would like to contribute please let me know (contact via the comments box on the right if you do not have my email already). Thank you.

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.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Year Sightings

Happy New Year! Let's hope it's a good one.

New years day was a fairly easy and steady start of the year list. I went up for a quick walk around at lunchtime and notched up 28 species. Nothing terribly exciting really but a pleasant stroll.

I will update the year list ASAP. Please send over news of any sightings if I miss them or as new sightings are recorded as the year goes on.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

End of 2019

It was a rather slow end to the year tbh, until John visited at the end of the month (that guy has a knack of turning stuff up anytime!).

On the 27th he had three Great Black-backed Gulls go over.

On the 28th he had a Shelduck circle over before flying off north, 49 Lapwing over and then two drake Pintail over. Site rarity to end the year!

All photos courtesy and copyright of JFT

Thanks for all the records this year!

Sunday, 8 December 2019

8th Dec 2019

Clive had two Goosanders at the reservoir this morning. John was up in the afternoon but there wasn't much else around.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

1st Dec 2019: Med Gull

This afternoon John had a Mediterranean Gull flew through. Oddly our first record of the year at a fairly unusual time of year for this site. There was also a drake Goosander. 

Courtesy and copyright of JFT

Saturday, 30 November 2019

30th Nov 2019: Goldeneye

John continued a run of good birds for the end of the month. Five, yes five, species of duck were at the reservoir... The best being a very smart pair of Goldeneye, the first here for a few years. There was also singles of Gadwall and Pochard, as well as the usual Mallards and Tufted Ducks.

Courtesy and copyright of JFT

Sunday, 24 November 2019

24th Nov 2019

This morning Clive had two Egyptian Geese again before they flew off to the north. It's possible they are lingering in the wider area.