|The Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta were obviously feeling the wind|
The first bird seen on the reserve was a solitary Heron and, once parked up, we headed for the 360 Hide aware of the great number of waders resting close to the bank to try and escape the very strong cold wind. Well, you can't have perfect weather on every birding trip! A dozen or so Little Egrets stood as did the larger white shapes of the Mute Swans and there must have been at least thirty individuals in the Canada Goose group. A very large charm of Goldfinches was working the hedgerow and accompanied by a not inconsiderable number of Linnets.
|Lovely to see the Linnets Carduelis cannabina on a dull, cloudy day|
|Just small section of the many Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa|
|Another lonely young Heron Ardea cinerea|
Whilst at the Centre we also managed to add Tree Sparrow and Grenfinch feeding on the feeders along with a couple of Goldfinches. Then it was back to the car and home reflecting on the difference a week can make when Chris and I recorded at least a dozen more birds.
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Sheldduck, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Spoonbill, Red Kite, Moorhen, Coot, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Common Starling, Tree Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch.
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