John Friendship-Taylor: Clearer, milder weather has arrived yesterday and today and has lead to quite a pleasant couple of days.
Yesterday (10/09) was very quiet around the reservoir with nothing more than a couple of Swallows through and a Tufted Duck. This was probably due to quite a bit of disturbance from the grass being cut and sailing going on during the evening. The bright weather though had brought out plenty of insects with lots of dragonflies about including Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker and quite a few Common Darters. Butterflies too were in good supply with a nice Red Admiral, several Small and Large White and quite a few Speckled Woods too.
Late edit: Some sightings from Mike Lewis for today included a drake Gadwall. This is a new species for the year list.
I took an amble down to the Borrow Pit again which provided a few nice things. The 3 Whinchats were still ever present, a Hobby flew in and perched up in some nearby Willows while a very vocal family group of Reed Warbler (1 adult & 2 juvenile) were feeding in a ditch slightly east of the canal.
Today (11/09) I made a quick visit at lunchtime, seeing a very showy Spotted Flycatcher along the eastern side catching flies from trees close to the bench. Also along by the river were 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap and a couple of Chiffchaff. The reservoir again was quiet, bar the usual gulls, Mallards and Canada Geese etc. and 2 flyover Swallows.
A quick visit on my way home this evening showed similar fare, with the Spotted Flycatcher still in exactly the same place.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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