© Andrew Moon

There were 6 of us plus me this year. It was dull but calm and not too cold. The poor light made identifying the birds a bit tricky. There were not a great many birds on the lake or in the trees in the surrounding area. We saw all the species we heard and ended with a tally of 35 species (half a dozen up on last year).

The full list was:
Great-crested Grebe; Cormorant; one Little Egret; Grey Heron (one standing on a nest, no doubt laying claim to it); Mute Swan; Canada Goose (fair numbers);Mallard; Shoveler (in modest numbers displaying); Red-creasted Pochard; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Goldeneye (males and females but no courtship behaviour this year); Red Kite; Moorhen; Coot; Lapwing; Black-headed Gull (lots); Common Gull; Lesser Black-backed Gull; Woodpigeon; Ring-necked Parakeet; Great-spotted Woodpecker (male)(excellent if brief view on the feeder by Kingfisher Hide); Dunnock; Robin; Blackbird; Song Thrush; Goldcrest; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Nuthatch; Long-tailed Tit; Magpie; Crow; and a large flock (at least 50) Siskin. There were some noticable absentees apart from Smew and Goosander namely Wigeon; Kingfisher; Gadwall; Wren; Chaffinch; Sparrow and Starling but I guess you cannot have everything.

Dick Beeden