I really couldn't decide where to go this morning so I returned to Stanford Reservoir - one of my boyhood haunts, and somewhere I rarely go now even though it is only a few miles from home. Solitude or what? I was the only person walking the perimeter of this permit only water. The weather was again fantastic and a year tick in the form of a pair of Red Crested Pochards plus several very obliging Brown Hares made for an enjoyable couple of hours. Unfortunately, despite waiting some time, I could not persuade the Hares to "box". I have a feeling that Stanford might become my new "local patch"! A full list of sightings can be found at the end of this post.
Red Crested Pochard
Wood Pigeon; Wren; Robin; Chiffchaff; Coot; Carrion Crow; Pheasant; Chaffinch; Mallard; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Song Thrush; Grey Lag Goose; Canada Goose; Grey Heron; Cormorant; Dunnock; Rook; Jackdaw; Reed Bunting; Shoveler; Red Crested Pochard; Gadwall; Goldeneye; Green Woodpecker; Skylark; Great Tit; Blackbird; Buzzard; Red Legged Partridge; Sand Martin; Greenfinch; Coal Tit; Linnet; Blue Tit; Kestrel; Stock Dove; Wigeon; Goosander; Black Headed Gull; Pochard; Lapwing; Long Tailed Tit; Willow Tit.
Brown Hare; Muntjac Deer.