This month’s report was provided by Jenny Johnson:
“I see from my birding diary that dark and wet has been the order of the day for the past two January walks, 2016 proving to be no exception, however who would mind the finger – numbing chill that eventually set in, the gloom being pierced by the pink plumage of Bullfinch, red rump of Great Spotted Woodpecker and azure shimmer of Kingfisher. The latter showed really well atop Reedmace and then Phragmites where it successfully launched itself to catch fish. A flock of Lapwing and several Snipe flying over the reservoir also enlightened the scene.
“Most species were spotted from the main hide (30) with a few extras added from a very quick sortie along the West bank by a couple of folk towards the end.
“Participants 10; Species 37: Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Common Snipe, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Jay, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Pochard, Reed Bunting, Robin, Sparrowhawk, Tufted Duck, Wood Pigeon, Wren.”