A stunning Yellow Wagtail was at the reservoir bank by the sailing club this morning, beaming in the morning sunshine. Two Common Terns and two Common Sandpipers were still present, both seemed to be a pair with the terns presenting fish to each other and the sandpipers calling to each other and chasing each other around. A single drake Tufted Duck was on the the reservoir, trying to look inconspicuous among the grebes but not really achieving that. A few hirundines dropped in and fed over the water.
An unusual sighting this morning was a single Greylag Goose circling over the reservoir, but choosing to fly west instead of stopping. However, maybe only one minute later another two appeared and did stop in. Greylags really aren't common here, so it was unusual to get what seemed to be two occurrences in such a short space of time.
John visited at lunchtime and had another year tick, this time an Oystercatcher. They are not a guaranteed species every year so a good addition. It was disturbed by the grass cutting activity and didn't stay too long.
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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