John was out at lunch time today and had our first definite Swallow of the year (I had a third hand report of one from the 16th) with ten Sand Martins. Early afternoon Colin was out and the Sand Martin total had raised to 28. John also had a Blackcap singing from the scrub along the river again.
Two Sand Martins lingered on to late afternoon but by the time I got there in the evening all of the hirundines had gone. There were three Little Ringed Plovers though so it appears they are just roosting at the reservoir now and spending the day elsewhere.
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.
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