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Sunday, 7 February 2016

7th Feb 2016: Great Black-backed Gull

John and I showed our 'midlands' birding friend Dan Watson around today and with the help of Mike Pollard we got him onto a Grimsbury mega!

Walking around the reservoir was a bit uneventful as there were several boats out sailing but the wood was full of life in the mid-morning sun. Bullfinches were singing away which was great to hear but unfortunately, there was no sign of the Willow Tits. Getting a few, poor quality, shots of the tits I noticed this Great Tit with avian pox.

While out we got a text message from Mike to say that he had seen a Great Black-backed Gull on the flooded fields in the Upper Cherwell Valley briefly earlier in the morning. Great Black-backed Gull is rare for the area so we thought it would be worth a look, and it paid off as it was still present. I personally haven't seen Great Black-backed Gull here since 2012! There were a few other bits of interest around too with Dan picking up Peregrine as it flew through, 27 Lapwing, two Teal, the Greylag Goose and several Herring Gulls.

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