As I walked up the path along the embankment to get a view over the water, one of the first things I saw was a medium sized white bird out in the centre. A quick look through the binoculars revealed a drake Goosander. As I scanned across I realised that there was actually two drakes and a third redhead had joined the existing two redheads. Scanning further up I could see two smaller diving ducks, a Tufted Duck and a Goldeneye. Goldeneye is just about an annual bird here and is a new one for the year list.
I had a look around the wood and up in the valley too, but there wasn't much more of interest. the best bits being a flock of c.30 finches, mostly Goldfinch and some Siskins, and four Little Grebes on the Borrow Pit pool.
Walking back down past the reservoir a third drake Goosander flew in to join the others. Six is the highest number I have seen here I think, matching the biggest total from earlier this year.
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.
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