Bob and Judy, Bob H, Martin J, Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Bob P and Sue met at the Reserve and Judy alerted us to a marsh tit on the feeders. A raven was cronking in the trees, and did several fly-bys. Walking down the slope, Martin found a male bullfinch, and there were fieldfares and redwings in the wood. All the usual small birds were seen or heard , including yellowhammer and redpoll.
Overlooking the water meadows, we found ruff, dunlin, redshank, black and mute swan, black tailed godwit, heron, Canada and greylag geese. Also seen were teal, wigeon, shoveler, pintail, mallard, shelduck and two buzzards perched on the hay bales. Sparrowhawk and kestrel were noted; at Netleys Hide we saw a fabulous perched peregrine. Common, herring and black headed gull were added to the list.
Heading back, from the last hide we had fabulous views of those very dark deer, and a chiffchaff called from the scrub in front of us. Eagle-eyed Judy located a snipe, which gave very brief views. After a brief pause for lunch, we moved off to the Burgh. Walking up the hill, we saw skylark and red-legged partridge. A red kite soared above us, and we found yet another perched buzzard.
There was a nice flock of linnets flying over the fields. Bob and Judy had gone to Burpham in search of the Bewicks swans, which they found, before driving over to Peppering High Barn. Here were two red kites and grey partridge.
We’d been very lucky with the weather, though it was pretty cold, and a good time was had by all.
Total species: 65