Today was my first opportunity to make a quick visit to part of the patch. I went to the Upper Chewell Valley late afternoon hoping to see Barn Owls that have been seen more frequently recently and I still hold out hope of a Short-eared Owl too.
It was a successful visit with one Barn Owl hunting over the long grass alongside the River Cherwell. It was quite late so no chance of a photo but it's pale form obvious in the bright moonlight. A female Kestrel was also hunting in the area and heard (but unfortunately not seen) were several Snipe and some Teal.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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