1st March 2011
  Hello again as promised the first sightings.
Information from BBC Weather website:  At 9:30am - 11:00am Grey cloud, Temp 4C,  Cold,  North wind 10mph,  Sunrise was 6:42am  Sunset at 17:38pm.
  A little walk around the reserve this morning, still very muddy and what I call defiantly 'wellie wear' on the feet!  However a lot of work has been undertaken to make walking around much easier - new paths have been laid for a start, I have taken some photo's which I'm going to put on this blog, so as you can see the difference.
Talking to a few dog walkers this morning, they were all in agreement the paths are very welcome and a good improvement to the reserve.
Now for the observations:  Plenty of activity and birdsong! also 'Drumming' from a Great Spotted Woodpecker, biggest singers this morning, the Robins!  There were a lot of them spread about the reserve. A large cry went up when I disturbed a feeding Green Woodpecker on the ground, the large cry was from the woodpecker not me, however I don't know who was the most startled!  A nest was in the early stages of being built by a Magpie. Small flocks of Blue tits, Great tits, Chaffinches seem to be plentiful. The best bird observation  was following a Goldcrest ( see pict. ) a bird which is small and a total fidget, rarely stay's still long, how photographers manage to get such wonderful pictures of these beautiful little wonders, I don't know!

 Bird sightings - 20+ Robins, 14 Blackbirds ( mainly males), 20+ Blue tits, 16 Great tits, 11 Chaffinches, 6 Goldfinches, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Jays, 1 Wren, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Green woodpecker. Others including Carrion Crow, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Starling and House Sparrows.


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