This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!

There is a running total year list in the link above.

Please send in your bird sightings to the B.O.S. and/or to me directly for inclusion on the blog. If you have some photos you would like to contribute please let me know (contact via the comments box on the right if you do not have my email already). Thank you.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Big Bird Year 2015 Update

So far this year has been absolutely fantastic. We have had some great records for the reservoir and Upper Cherwell Valley. It is partly coincidence that it seems to be a good year for passage inland (unofficially based on what some other people have said) but it must also be down to a little extra effort from people being out and looking because of the B.O.S, Big Bird Year.

Yesterday's Sanderling was species number 120 for the year. This is already a higher number of species in a year that I have known and we still have four months to go! I had unofficially set a target of 120 species for the year, but as we have already got to that I think we need to raise it up a level or two. There are several more common species we haven't seen yet (for example Gadwall, Shoveller, Goldeneye, Golden Plover, and Marsh Tit) and with migration about to peak there is chance for some more unusual records too. So I am thinking the target should be 130 species. 

Thank you everyone for your records, please continue to send them in.


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