Off to Grimmers at 0930 for my first Spring visit and the first for about 8 months. I had the dual carriageway from Harvington to Ombersley almost to myself with only a handful of cars passing in about 7 miles...
I did a 2-hour figure of 8 circuit of both workings in excellent light and only saw one other birder. There is no parking off of the main road with signs stating so. one in particular is adjacent to the viewing area and suspiciously opposite the private drive up to the eyesore that is the residence of the 'King of Grimley'. I have never seen such a hideous dwelling and if that is what you can build and live in from making a fortune from cardboard then he is welcome to it. Not only should planning permission never been granted but how it included one of the pools c/w his Swallows and Amazons boat and a metal Hippo is beyond me but hey money talks.....
The first thing that greeted me was the Frog chorus, i can't say i have heard it before but it reminded me of Marsh Frogs that i heard last year in Poland and elsewhere in the Eastern Mediterranean - have they been introduced at the site?
Waders as follows: Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Redshank and a solitary Dunlin which looked like it could be a 1st-Summer bird but no LRP's. Numerous Gadwall and a pair of Pochard plus a Common Tern hawking. Warblers were evident with plenty of Reed, a single Sedge, both Whitethroat and Garden in the roadside hedge plus 2 Lessers - in addition to Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Yellow Wagtail was heard twice but not seen.
Over to the new workings where it was all quiet save for a pair of Oystercatchers.
The highlight was undoubtedly the presence of 3 Hobbies over the main pasture field. I watched the birds hawking for about 15 mins down to ground level before they disappeared over the back. The old quarry, long stripped of its equipment, has now been planted with trees. Can't have it developing nicely with annual, ruderal, species which are so useful for insects etc so we had better plant it up to stop it looking unsightly! God give me strength - somewhere another Cuckoo called and that was it.
Good birding -
Attached: Waders and the Red Dexters resembling Buffalo at a distance.