Tuesday 17th January 2012
Abberton Reservoir  & Brickfields LNR
A busy Birdwatching day – Took a trip out with a couple of my ‘Birding friends’ this morning to Abberton Reservoir over Colchester way. The reservoir was mostly frozen over, but it didn’t seem to bother the Ducks and Geese, they were finding the water which was free. Plenty of the commonest Ducks & Geese were on show in their hundreds – Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Shelduck, Wigeon and Pochard. The Geese were Greylag, Canada and of course the Mute Swans, also one Egyptian Goose, a feral resident now I suppose!
But the best sightings were  1 Bittern, 3 Short eared Owls, 3 White fronted Geese, 5 Whooper Swans, 1 Marsh Harrier,2 Kestrels and a little Meadow Pipit ( well it was ‘little’ against the rest).
Well worth the freezing weather ( near freezing, but sunny at 10:00am).

Back home at 3:00pm and straight over Brickfields. The pond was frozen over and nothing was on there, but some good sightings seen elsewhere.
2 Song Thrushes, 10 Long tailed Tits, 3 Redwing and at last a male Bullfinch, in its best bright feathers. I have heard a Bullfinch calling a couple of weeks ago , but could not see it, well now I have ! All these birds seen in 1 hour, just before the light faded.  
Bye for Now

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