A very nice sunny day today but it was very cold and windy, further increasing the chill factor. Colin was out this morning and Ian this afternoon. Also, as part of the B.O.S. Short Day Count in SP44, John, Clive and I were at the reservoir this afternoon. Several birds were added to the year list including a few good ones.
Colin had a Jay in the woodland, a pair of Stonechats in the Primark/M and S meadow, a Lesser Redpoll in trees near the Borrow Pit and two drake Tufted Ducks on the reservoir. Also Fieldfares, Redwings, a Sparrowhawk, Green and Great spotted Woodpeckers, Treecreeper our “familiar” female Kestrel and the Coot on the reservoir (and 3 more on the Borrow Pit pool).
Again, we failed to find the Willow Tit and Chiffchaff in the woodland but Ian confirmed a Stonechat still present in the cattle fields (so I'm not sure if there are a few around currently). We managed to find a Snipe and a bonus Jack Snipe in the 'usual' field. There was also at least four, possibly five, Little Grebes on the Borrow Pit. the gull roost was a little underwhelming but there was a single Yellow-legged Gull present.
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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