Well, the high expectations for today were perhaps a bit too optimistic and the dreams of more birds for the year list were simply that. John and I visited three times today between us and failed to turn up anything particularly interesting.
This morning was the quietest and it seemed that the wind I had hoped to bring birds in, had actually taken birds away! There was only one Common Sandpiper present and a few hirundines. A single Little Ringed Plover was also present. The Linnets are still hanging around feeding on the dandelions and Starlings are flying to and fro foraging for food to take to their nests.
John visited at lunch time and two Common Terns had appeared, but were no longer there in the evening suggesting they were birds on passage and not the same two that have been around in recent days.
This evening there was a decent number of hirundines (all three common species) feeding over the reservoir and looked great in the bright sunshine. There seemed to be a few more Whitethroats churring in the reservoir side bushes. Two Little Ringed Plovers were now present and a female Yellow Wagtail had dropped in, but I failed to get a picture of it in focus!
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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