I got the reservoir just as John was leaving today. He was very happy as he had seen his first patch Yellowhammers - two perched in a bush on the western shore. I walked up the eastern bank and as I got to the northern end thought I heard a Rock Pipit. Then I heard it again as it was flushed off the western bank, which I assume had not long flown in as John hadn't seen it. It flew south but doubled back and landed again. I've never had Rock Pipit here before so made my way around for a better look. However, before I got there it was flushed again and I lost it from view. Elation and frustration all in a couple of minutes!
The Common Sandpiper is still present and I had the Willow tit and Marsh Tit in the wood again. A few Chiffchaffs are still around but many seem to have cleared out now. The odd Skylark flew over and at least two Redwings were still around the river.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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