A bright sunny winters day and so Sue and I decided to spend a couple of hours at Bough Beech Reservoir.
As we arrived it was clear that things were not going to be plain-sailing as the sun was low and straight into our eyes as we looked over the main reservoir. This made bird identification quite difficult as all appeared as dark shapes without any colour. The exception to this was the group of Mandarin Duck hauled up on the bank as the sun caught the orange in their plumage. Also present were Grey Heron, Little Egret together with Eurasian Teal and Greylag Geese in large numbers. A group of Great Crested Grebe could be seen on the water but there was no sign of the party of Goosander that had been recorded earlier in the week.
Turning our attention to the northern section (looking away from the sun) a Buzzard could be seen in a tree being harassed by the crows. A few Moorhens could be seen and a single Common Snipe made a brief foray from the reeds into open water.
At the reserve visitors centre there was a hive of activity around the feeders with large numbers of Blue Tits and Great Tits together with Blackbirds, Chaffinches and Dunnocks. A pair of Fieldfare together with single Coal Tit were also seen along with a very brief sighting of a flying Brambling as it disappeared into the hedgerow never to re-emerge into sight.
Back at the causeway, 2 Peregrines were located when they spooked a group of Woodpigeons and a Buzzard flew overhead giving excellent views. Still no sign of the Goosanders although a single Gadwall was found amongst the ducks on the bank.
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Peregrine Falcon [sp] (Falco peregrinus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Coal Tit [sp] (Periparus ater)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Pied Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)