John visited at lunchtime today and there was a definite increase in Whitethroats with at least five singing. The two Common Terns were back and a second summer Herring Gull briefly. This evening John also had a Garden Warbler along the river and even more Whitethroat. A Peregrine flew over from the east leaving to the north.
I visited later in the evening, with the main aim to try look/listen for Grasshopper Wabler in the Upper Cherwell Valley, but didn't get any. There is one nearby at Hanwell Fields so hopefully we can get one here too. There was a Little Ringed Plover at the reservoir and several Sedge Warblers singing in scrub all across the patch. At the Borrow Pit pool eight Mute Swans came in to roost and there were Black-headed Gulls gathering to roost.
Bats were foraging around trees and scrub in several areas so I will go out with the bat detector soon to try and see what species we have.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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