The view from Car Park Hide was spectacular with c300+ Wigeon, 30+ Pochard, 16 Shoveler, with Tufted Duck, Teal and Lapwing. All was tranquil until a Peregrine hoping for a Lapwing breakfast had everything in turmoil. . As I left the hide towards Oak hide, a single Buzzard and Kestrel were over the fields, and the weather worsened with sleet causing me to increase my pace.
There was very little on Railway and Oak Hide Pools, of note being the Black Swan and two Shelduck. I turned my attention to the feeders and surrounding bushes which contained at least 9 Tree Sparrows, 15 Chaffinch's, 11 Greenfinch's and a solitary Lesser Redpoll. A quick look out from the elevated position of Railway Hide, confirmed only that the sleet was worsening and little else was on the pools. Hardly surprising, but no one else was seen on the Reserve!
Tree Sparrows, Dunnock and Wren
Tree Sparrows and Chaffinch
Mute Swan with Black Headed Gulls
Black meets white
These are my nuts!
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Buzzard; Great Tit; B H Gull; Carrion Crow; Rook; Jackdaw; Kestrel; Cormorant; Chaffinch; Moorhen; Coot; Shoveler; Lapwing; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Mute Swan; Pochard; Wigeon; Teal; Green Woodpecker; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; LBB Gull; Blue Tit; Magpie; Stock Dove; Peregrine; Dabchick; Gadwall; Greenfinch; Tree Sparrow; Dunnock; Shelduck; Black Swan; Wren; Robin; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Reed Bunting; Goldfinch; Lesser Redpoll; Pheasant; Pied Wagtail; Song Thrush; Linnet; Long Tailed Tit.