A beautiful autumn morning. Very chilly to start with but warming up later. With the rising mist off the water, the sunshine and a big blue sky it was really quite a sight.
The main thing I noticed was how quiet it was compared to Thursday morning, which leads me to conclude that there was a bit of a fall on Thursday and now we have high pressure most of those birds have gone.
There was a male Blackcap and a Coal Tit by the river and it wasn't long before the first Meadow Pipit of the day went over. I didn't see all of them but assuming all birds heard and not seen were single birds, at least 16 went over whilst I was there. Two Grey Wagtails also flew over at a fair height, whilst there were two around the reservoir. A Chiffchaff sang from the thick hedge in the cattle field, but other than a Bullfinch I failed to find anything else of note along there.
There has been a noticeable increase in Pied Wagtails over the last few days and there were 17 around this morning. The Tufted Duck was still present, there are now three Great Crested Grebes on the reservoir and today there was also two Cormorants.
A flock of around 10 Siskins were still present around the northern end of the reservoir and by the river. In the wood there was at least three Chiffchaffs and another Siskin. I saw three Coal Tits which seems more than there has been recently too. Maybe they have been on the move?
In the Upper Cherwell valley there wasn't much of particular note. It was the first time in a few weeks that I have been up there and I was a bit disappointed there was no Whinchat anymore! There were half a dozen House Sparrows in the hedge along the canal, a couple of Grey Wagtails, two Cormorants and at least five Skylarks were flying around. At the Borrow Pit pool there were four Tufted Ducks, three Little Grebes, a Coot and three Mute Swans. A Chiffchaff was singing away from the trees at the back.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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