In the wood it was interesting watching the pairs of birds go around establishing or reinforcing their territories. The Long-tailed Tits especially seem more like individual pairs now and the troop disbanded for another season. Whilst watching I was treated to a snippet of Chiffchaff song. I always have trouble assigning the first singing bird I hear each year to a category of either; local wintering bird, relocating wintering bird or a fresh migrant. As there has been Chiffchaff wintering locally this year and it's a bit early for migrants, I can only assume it is a wintering bird that has just started singing.
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Also in the Upper Cherwell Valley two Little Grebes were on the Borrow Pit pool, along with two Tufted Ducks and four Coots, and are the latest addition to the year list. A gathering of Black-headed Gulls here were picking off freshly emerging insects - probably flies of some sort.
Mike Pollard also had a Common snipe fly over this morning - possibly from the cattle field.