A return to the bitterly cold conditions of the Christmas period, one or two ditches holding water were slushy with ice. Walking down to the beginning of the reserve trail, a few vocal Blue and Great Tits stopped us in our tracks. A wheezing call alerted me to 2 Brambling, always great to see and a year tick to boot. I set up my scope hoping for a better look, but the pair became agitated and flew off. Further along the track, a Bullfinch called for the first time this year, and a party of Long-tailed Tits moreorless followed us round.
Looking out to Woods End, again a smattering of Golden Plover were amongst the Lapwing- I counted at least 14. The Greylag flock were present, including the 4 farmyard oddball types. A Cormorant was on the river, as were 4 Coot.
A Mute Swan was out on the main lagoon, but apart from a flyover flock of Tufted Duck, not much else to report. Still, another couple of year ticks and some territorial action from the commoner Tits.