A Dunlin this morning was the only wader seen today. I wonder if it is the same bird from the last few days (and left the reservoir but has returned) or if it is another new one. Two Mallard ducks along the river had young in tow, one with only a single reasonably grown duckling and one with seven fairly fresh looking ducklings. There are lots of birds collecting food for growing chicks and the Song Thrushes must be nearly ready to fledge now.
In the Upper Cherwell Valley there were two Lesser Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler singing. I have always assumed Lesser Whitethroat breed here but I'm not too sure about Willow Warbler. A teneral Common Blue Damselfly was seen as well as a fairly freshly emerged Holly Blue. There are more plants coming into flower including quite a lot of Ragged Robin.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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