John and I made our first visit to the patch this afternoon. Mostly it was just the usual birds you can expect day to day but there were a few minor highlights.
As soon as I got out of the car a few Siskin flew over, which was pleasing as there hasn't been many around for a couple of weeks. The Coot was still on the reservoir and a couple of Herring Gulls were loafing on the pontoon. I searched through the roving passerine flock in the wood but failed to find the Willow Tit or Chiffchaff.
John joined me for the gull roost and even by Grimsbury standards it was pretty small. So we were surprised when a 2CY Great Black-backed dropped in, possibly the same bird as last week. On top of that a 3CY Yellow-legged Gull came in, another (adult) Great Black-back flew through and three more Herring Gulls flew through. This was all only amongst c.40 Black-headed and a handful of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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