Mid afternoon today, just as the wind picked up, possibly wasn't the best time to visit but it was my only chance.
Walking up past the reservoir and to the wood hardly a passerine was seen or heard, with the only notable thing being a couple of Siskins that flew over. On the reservoir there was the juvenile Yellow-legged Gull with half a dozen Lesser Black-backs, the Tufted Duck and now two Great Crested Grebes. The Canada Goose flock was a lot smaller today but there was a Canada / Greylag hybrid with them that was different to the one a few weeks ago so they must be moving around a lot.
In the the wood the difference in bird life was instantly obvious. In the shelter of the trees a tit flock fed happily and noisily and a few more Siskins called. The tit flock had with it Golcrests, a Treecreeper, at least one Chiffchaff and three Coal Tits. A Lesser Redpoll called as it flew past and is the first one I have seen here this year. There was also a couple of Bullfinches around today.
Back out by the reservoir a fair few more gulls had settled for a wash and a drink. Mainly Lesser Black-backs, but there was also two Common Gulls and at least four Herring Gulls. Scouring through I found the juvenile Yellow-legged Gull had gone but a near adult had dropped in. It was quite nice to watch one well again in daylight and see it's open wing as it bathed.
Continuing on, a Meadow Pipit flushed from the cattle field and seven Swallows battled through the wind on their journey south.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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