John had been out at lunch time and saw a Little Ringed Plover at the reservoir. Why these plovers are still turning up here is a bit of a mystery, but they must be breeding somewhere nearby. Where, is another question...
We haven't seen each other since our trip to Poland so planned a walk after work. The reservoir was quiet, as expected. The wood was a little more active but with only the Sparrowhawks heard calling, and not seen, of any note. So we venture on to the Upper Cherwell Valley.
At the Borrow Pit poll we found a Gadwall in heavy moult and a Little Grebe, which we haven't had as many sightings of this year as last year. There are still some Tufted Ducks here too. The Channel Wagtail was still at the far end with at least one other Yellow Wagtail. Around the pool we searched for inverts and saw several Common Blue and a few Blue-tailed Damselflies. A single Black-tailed Skimmer flew out of the grass not to be seen again. There was also two Meadow Brown and single Common Blue butterflies.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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