This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!

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Friday, 28 July 2017

28th Jul 2017

Monday John had a Common Tern and a Common Sandpiper at the reservoir again. Tuesday there were few birds bit John did see Small Copper and Essex Skipper butterflies in the grassland between the wood and the reservoir.

On Wednesday evening John had five Common Terns (including a juvenile bird) and on Thursday there was three.

This morning Mike saw a juvenile Little Ringed Plover and three Common Terns (two adults and a juvenile). Also, John had five Sand Martins at lunch time.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

23rd Jul 2017

There was not a lot happening again this week but on Thursday 19th John had 24 Cormorants fly over, quite an odd sighting at this time of year as numbers are usually only that high in the depths of winter. On the 20th and 21st John also had a juvenile Willow Warbler, a Common Sandpiper and a Common Tern.

Mike was out early on Saturday morning and saw a Common Tern and a Common Sandpiper and a dog walker reported seeing a juvenile Badger in the woodland. A little later the tern had gone but I saw the sandpiper. Mike also mentioned lots of young Whitethroats and Blackcaps and I noticed a large amount of juvenile Chiffchaffs calling too. In the evening John saw a Little Egret, Common Tern and two Sand Martins.

There is a fruiting of Chicken in the Woods fungi in the woodland near the river. Mike got some photos of it which are on his blog here.

On Sunday morning Steve had a single Coot on the res - his first on the reservoir this year. Also four Common Sandpipers and a single Little Egret dropped in to east somewhere.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

16th Jul 2017

Only reports from John this week with his regular visits. He had a Yellow-legged Gull on the 10th, two Common Sandpipers and a Common Tern on the 12th, a Yellow-legged Gull on the 13th and an adult Mediterranean Gull over north on the 15th.

Both photos courtesy and copyright of JFT

Sunday, 9 July 2017

9th Jul 2017

There has been nothing too unusual to report recently but there has been a steady amount of notable birds. John had a Hobby recently and there has been the odd Yellow-legged Gull around on most days. On Wednesday John, Dan and I had a walk around. It was quiet for birds but we did see some butterflies about including several Marbled Whites, Gatekeeper and a few Large Skippers.

Both photos courtesy and copyright of JFT

Yesterday Mike saw a Common Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover at the reservoir. Today Colin saw c.310 Lesser Black-backed Gulls that had a Yellow-legged Gull with them. There was also a Little Grebe on the reservoir which is quite unusual.

Monday, 3 July 2017

3rd Jul 2017

A Common Tern and a Yellow-legged Gull were seen at the reservoir by John today.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

2nd Jul 2017

Steve had 3 Little Ringed Plovers at the reservoir today.