Saturday, 4 May 2019

Grimsbury Reservoir :: 04 May 2019

An early breakfast and off to Grimsbury Reservoir for another shot at the red-rumped swallow - at least it wasn't raining like last night!

Red-rumped swallowI decided to start on the west side and managed to find it near the pontoon, but shortly lost it as it ventured to the north end. I started a circuit but didn't locate it again. At the far south east I could see a group of birders setting up and continued on to there - Mr & Mrs Truby were part of this congregation and after not too long we were on the bird. It was favouring the area around the pontoon, to the first buoy to the north. We watched as it continued this circuit. Cold though when the sun went behind a cloud. Three common sandpipers were often seen flying to the waters edge, behind the concrete edging to the reservoir on our right.

After a while, some of the Oxford boys left and reappeared on the West Bank - watching we could see the RRS was now running a circuit closer to that side - we decided to follow. In the end it was a good decision and we were afforded much better views - on one occasion it flew within a few meters above our heads. Magical.

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