A short walk around this afternoon didn't result in masses of birds but there was a bit of interest. There were Chiffchaffs calling around the reservoir and several Swallows and House Martins flew over south east. In the wood I heard a small flock of Siskins calling but I didn't see them to confirm the number. A Garden Warbler was also in the scrub in the middle of the wood.
Back out by the reservoir a Raven flew over south calling and there were three Buzzards around. Amongst the Black-headed Gulls loafing around the pontoon and railings was a ringed 1st winter bird. Unlike many others this year I actually managed to read this one. It had an orange ring with the code 241A. Checking this on CR-birding it is a bird ringed in Hampshire by Kevin Sawyer.
Late Edit: I have already heard back from Kevin and the bird was rung at Blashford Lakes on 3rd June. Unsurprisingly, this is the first re-sighting.
John had a visit this evening and had an interesting gull sighting. We are a bit unsure of it's true identity so any thoughts would be appreciated - see the pictures below.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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