Meanwhile, what a great April we are having: fabulous weather, a blaze of spring flowers, green sprouting foliage and waves of migrants.
|sand martins, house martins and swallows at Grimsbury Reservoir|
|blackcap in plum blossom|
|male ring ouzel, this bird was quite shy|
|chiffchaff nest building|
Elsewhere across the "Heart of England", two different pairs of cranes have been visiting Otmoor in the past few days, a sign that they may be spreading out from the Somerset re-introduction area. It is not inconceivable they might colonise Banburyshire - the Cherwell Valley has good habitat for curlews (around 8-10 pairs), perhaps the cranes will decide they like it too?
|Upper Cherwell Valley|
|black-winged stilts, Cyprus|