|recently fledged spotted flycatcher chick|
|adult feeding the chick|
Elsewhere teasel and burdock attract peacock butterflies and bright yellow flowers of perforate St John's wort and agrimony add vibrant colour.
|perforate St John's wort|
Yesterday (Friday 25th July) I ran back though the Upper Cherwell Valley stopping at Grimsbury Reservoir where there was a single little egret, then continuing along the new flood defences. The new pool is now home to three little grebes, nearby thistly meadows attracting a flock of 70 plus goldfinches and there were five grey herons scattered along the route. Most surprising were two snipe flushed from not particularly damp grass at the edge of the flood bank. Purple loosestrife looks stunning too.