Ian Rowe and I were out early this morning and there seemed to be a bit of an arrival of migrants. The first Blackcaps were recorded with at least three singing males and a female seen. Two Willow Warblers were singing away and at least 15 Chiffchaffs were seen or heard. An Oystercatcher put in a brief appearance but unfortunately didn't hand around. Sand Martins were streaming through from just after sunrise with at least 62 going through in several groups including one of 27 birds and two Swallows were present late morning.
Other birds included a Willow Tit that was seen at the north of the reservoir but soon disappeared into the wood and a Peregrine that cruised around high in the sky. A Greylag Goose flew over a few times and an immature Herring Gull went north. I also saw my first Peacock and Brimstone Butterflies of the year for here and a Common Carder Bee.
John was out this evening and had the first Yellow Wagtail of the year as well as a few more Sand Martins and Swallows.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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