We started off at the visitor centre where a variety of garden birds where visiting the feeders, including Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-Tailed Tits and House Sparrow. Walking down the path to the first hide a small mammal scurried along the path in front of me, with a white underside and long, slinky body it was Stoat, my first sighting of one in the wild! It appeared on the other side of the hedge it had scurried underneath and posed nicely on a log, unfortunately the light was terrible and there were twigs in the way for a good photo!
In the hide the usual culprits were showing relatively nicely, Wigeon, Shelduck, Teal and lots of Canada Geese! I did expect to see some Snipe but none were hiding, that I could see anyway, in the grass. On a couple of trees in the distance two Peregrine were perched which was nice to see, maybe a pair?
Walking along the path a Robin perched nicely on a wooden pole and with the snow falling quite heavily I managed to get this photo. I tried to create a different composition by having the Robin at the bottom of the photo so the snow surrounded it.
|Robin in a flurry of snow|
After a 2 mile walk around the reserve it was a relief to get back into the warmth of the visitor centre!