John Friendship-Taylor: I made a couple of visits to the reservoir today, though nothing I saw compares to Alison Parry' s sighting of an Otter along the river this morning at around 11:05am. It's great to see they are still very much about!
I firstly had a brief 25 minute look on my lunch break revealing a Spotted Flycatcher in the large block of hedgerow in the cattle field, flycatching in the bright sunshine. A Siskin also went through calling. So nothing too new of note, though a couple of nice birds for such a short visit!
This evening, the reservoir was pretty quiet, with for once, next to no gulls about, although 20-30 Swallows went through, mostly juveniles. Wandering into the wood revealed the continued presence of the Willow Tit, being very vocal at times.
Down at the Borrow Pit, the 3 Whinchat were still there, as were 3 Tufties and 2 Little Grebe. The Black-tailed Godwit also again showed here, flying straight through over towards the reservoir.
On returning to the reservoir, the Godwit was present but was promptly flushed by dog walkers. Soon after seeing Colin Wilkinson along the western side, it again returned and then fell asleep along the west shore. It is apparent that as predicted, this is indeed the same bird from the previous few evenings, a nicely marked juvenile bird. A really smart thing, very out of place in it's current concrete surroundings!
The gulls had began to gather when I left. There were the usual Lesser Black Backs and Black Headed, together with a juvenile Herring too.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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