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

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Sunday, 5 July 2020

5th Jul 2020: Autumn already?!

Following the end of spring migration, summer arrived and also zipped by all in the matter of a few weeks! I know that technically it is still summer, but someone please tell the birds as we are are experiencing Autumn migration already!

On the 16th June Jim had 2 Little Ringed Plovers and one Ringed Plover (was that a late one or an early one?).

John had a White-legged Damselfly on the 17th. This is great news as we know they are definitely still here, but no one else has seen any since so the population must be very low. I expect this is a result of the river being drained a few years ago, but I haven't got enough knowledge of Damselfly ecology to back this up.

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On the 25th Mike saw a juvenile Black-headed Gull and confirmed that Tufted Ducks had nested at the reservoir by finding a female with five ducklings. This is a great record and no doubt a result of the reduced disturbance and that the grass around the reservoir hasn't been cut so far this year.

There were only four Tufted Ducklings left on the 28th, but so far (up to today) those four seem to be doing well. 

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On the 29th John had three Little Ringed Plovers.

Mike was up on the 1st and found five Common Sandpipers and three Little Ringed Plovers. John also had Essex Skipper and Marbled Whites in the meadow.

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John saw a Grass Snake on the 2nd.

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John had our first returning Yellow-legged Gull of the summer on the 3rd. An individual that only has one leg and has been seen at both Draycote and Farmoor over the last month or so. 

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On the 4th John had the same Yellow-legged again and a Polish ringed Black-headed Gull (Yellow ring with the code T2YX).

This morning, my visit was very quiet except for three Siskin that flew over as I was leaving. I called back in this evening and there were two Yellow-legged Gulls (including the one legged one) and a Herring Gull.

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