Today John, Allan and I undertook the B.O.S. Short Day Count for the 10 km square SP44. For more information on this survey please see the B.O.S. website here.
This square includes all of the Grimsbury reservoir, woodland NR and Upper Cherwell Valley patch area and we managed to record 46 species here today. Highlights were four Goosander (2 drakes), Lapwings and Snipe. The Lapwings were good and we had four grounded at the reservoir (quite unusual) and c.150 flying over the U.C.V. We also found a couple of fresh Otter spraints along the canal.
Over the whole of SP44 we recorded 64 species, with Peregrine, Teal, Golden Plover and Marsh Tit being the other notable species.
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.