Moving on around the hedgerows were several blackcaps, whitethroats and a family of bullfinches. I watched as a whitethroat fed delicately on the individual nuggets of berry that make up the whole blackberry fruit.
In the wild bird strip some lovely flowers of corn marigold made a great subject for the camera.
Leaving the nature reserve and heading back through the golf course to my car, I disturbed a kingfisher from the golf course lake.
In the evening, a quick visit to Grimsbury was rewarded with a family of common terns, an adult and two juveniles. Both the juveniles had metal rings on their legs.
A couple of grey wagtails graced the concrete shoreline. The dunlin and common sandpiper are still in residence. No swifts at the reservoir but I saw a single bird over Banbury. They are very few and far between now.
These photos of swallows were taken at Grimsbury Reservoir yesterday evening in great light.
|yellow wagtail feeding amongst cattle grazing in the field next to the reservoir yesterday|