Sunday, 10 August 2014

Grimsbury Reservoir: autumn in the air

I made two fairly quick visits to the reservoir this weekend, early Saturday morning and after lunch on Sunday (after the bad weather had cleared).  The weather is much fresher and the landscape around Banbury is starting to look more autumnal, with elderberries and blackberries ripening and attracting feeding songbirds.

Saturday was the quieter of the two visits, three grey herons and a single juvenile common gull were only birds of note.
juvenile common gull
Sunday was bright and breezy after heavy rain had cleared. A common tern had dropped in, initially perched on the pontoon, then in flight around the reservoir.
common tern and mallard
common tern
 Many fishermen were lined up on the east shore, but at the north end a single juvenile little-ringed plover was sat on the concrete shoreline - allowing a close approach. 
juvenile little ringed plover
More that twenty swifts were swooping down from the sky and around the trees, great to see them in their element.  A couple of sand martins skimmed over the water joined by a few swallows and house martins.

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