This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

01st Aug 2015

It seems from this mornings visit we are back to normal again. With no reports of the Wood Sandpiper yesterday I was keen to check if it had gone or was still present, and I can confirm it has gone.

At the reservoir there was a Common Sandpiper early on but it didn't hang around too long with lots of human activity around it. There were six Grey Wagtails around the reservoir which is the biggest group I have seen there I think. It might be one large or two joined family groups, I couldn't quite work out the proportion of juveniles though. To start with there were no terns but two adult Common Terns were around a bit later on. A ringed Black-headed Gull was sat on the railings and again it only had a metal but this time on the right leg, so it was different bird. 

There are several well grown juvenile Moorhens around so they have somewhere bred near by, probably two or three broods. The bad news for them is that I also saw two Mink this morning, one on the river and one on the canal. 

Along the river and in the wood there were fairly decent sized flocks of tits and warblers foraging among the tree tops. Whilst scanning through the birds in the wood I spotted a wasp's nest hanging fairly out in the open attached to some Ivy. It's about the size of a honeydew melon at the moment but it will be interesting to see how big it gets. There are not many warblers still singing but Chiffchaff and Blackcap were heard today. A couple of Bullffinches were in the Upper Cherwell Valley and a pair of Little Grebes were fresh in at the Borrow Pit pool. 

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