Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Grimsbury Reservoir: chiffchaffs on the wires

A wave of chiffchaffs (at least six, probably several more) seemed to be moving through Grimsbury at lunchtime, enjoying some more watery sunshine.  The wire mesh fencing around the reservoir is attractive to them - presumably small flies also finding the chain link a convenient resting place.
 A fine drake mallard paddled up the river with a duck.

The long-tailed tits were very busy nest building in the bramble thicket so I paused only briefly in their vicinity to marvel at their skill and artistry.

A male reed bunting appeared at close range in a blackthorn bush, but I could only capture the back of his head, then a blur as he flew off.

Out on the reservoir the black-headed bulls are looking very smart with their dark chocolate head gear, common gulls (about ten) are also now into breeding plumage, with clean white head plumage.  A couple of lesser black-backed gull were loafing around showing off their yellow legs.
lesser black-backed gull

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