In the islands of Village lake there were plenty of Teal, Lapwing, Little Grebes and Wigeon and a flock of Snipe.
In the east path we came across an odd looking chaffinch, which on closer inspection turned out to be a Brambling, with another one around too.
On the feeding station by the maize field there were many Tree Sparrows, and I missed a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
After admiring the frozen, bird free Island lake for a few minutes we carried on the anticlockwise tour of the reserve. At least two Skylark were in full song in the north fields. Robert found a Barn Owl pellet by the fence on the north path, which I later found to contain a Field Vole and a Wood Mouse (following the RSPB key here). A few large geese skeins passed flying quite high, which we thought to be Pink-footed geese.
Siskins and a Lesser Redpoll in the Alders by the west path. There were plenty of birds at one end of the Crosslands hide lake, many Tufted ducks, Pochard and Shelduck. From the main lake the only thing of notice were 7 Buzzards soaring over the hills.
We popped in the viewing platform before leaving and someone spotted a Stoat. It seemed to be enjoying the sun on a grassy path, although, in pure stoaty fashion it couldn't really sit still for more than a minute at a time. It went up to the bank, it squirrelled back to where it was, it went into a bush and jumped crazily about, and then seemed to settle on the sun and scratched a bit, and groomed a bit, when we realised a Moorhen was walking in the stoats direction. The stoat and the moorhen looked at each other. The stoat seemed completely disinterested, while the moorhen did a display I had never seen a moorhen do. It dropped its opened wings and stood high, while keeping a close eye on the stoat, then it turned around and walked the same way it had come. What a great way to end a great day out.
The view from the viewing platform.
A female Reed Bunting under the feeders
A Long-tailed tit on the feeders
A very healthy female Blackbird on the feeders
The newly revamped feeding station by the maize field
I love reed beds, there is a male Reed Bunting in the photo too.
A large skein of geese over the reserve
Barn Owl pellet
The frozen Reedbed Lake
spotting a moorhen...
The moorhen opened its wings appearing to be larger than its size, and run away. This is a screenshot from a video.
- Black-headed Gull
- Blue Tit
- Carrion Crow
- Common Gull
- Feral Pigeon
- Great Tit
- Grey Heron
- Greylag Goose
- Herring Gull
- House Sparrow
- Lesser Redpoll
- Little Grebe
- Long-tailed Tit
- Pied Wagtail (yarrellii)
- Pink-footed Goose
- Reed Bunting
- Stock Dove
- Tree Sparrow
- Tufted Duck