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

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Saturday 31 October 2020


Highlights this month were a juvenile Sanderling found on the 8th by Mike P, a Pintail through, nine Crossbills and a Tree Pipit over on the 11th seen by John (also a probable Brambling), another Mediterranean Gull (adult this time) on the 12th (John), two Egyptian Geese over on the 14th (Mike P and GB), two Rock Pipits on the 16th (GB) and a Mandarin on the 18th found by Mike P.

The Pintail was seen again on the 14th and Mike saw it well enough to confirm it was a moulting drake. Also another eleven Crossbills were recorded by Mike P on the 18th. 

A Stonechat found by Mike C on the 5th remained around most of the month, assuming it was the same bird throughout. John had a Peregrine fly through hunting on the 12thPassage Redpolls featured regularly again. Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon and Teal and Little Egret were all seen. A Lapwing and a Snipe flew over on the 14th. 

Flocks of Redwings became more regular as their migration really stepped up and the first Fieldfares of the autmun were seen on the 15th with six flying over (GB).

On the 11th I saw a very small Grass Snake basking on logs on the southern end of the woodland. It was so small I suspected it was a hatch from this year.

Courtesy and copyright of Dave Fuller

Courtesy and copyright of Dave Fuller

Courtesy and copyright of Dave Fuller

Courtesy and copyright of Mike Pollard