Today I popped out with Tony to do a walk around the Reservoirs and along the River Severn at Trimpley. It was an absolutely glorious day considering the time of year, the blue sky and sunshine really lifted my spirits.
On the way to the lower car park we checked out the Larches at the edge of Eymore Wood for Crossbills but there was no sign so we continued our walk to the Reservoirs. In the woods near the Severn Valley Railway line we recorded Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush and Redwing. A flock of 30 Fieldfare flew over, as did a Common Buzzard.
The drainage pool was frozen over but still held 72 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a single Herring Gull all stood on the ice. A ♂ Sparrowhawk was present near the water treatment works. As were 2 more Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush and a Redwing.
The walk along the river was very productive, affording us great views of 38 Mandarin and 8 Goosander (4 ♂). Whilst here we bumped into a couple of birdwatchers who had also been enjoying the Mandarins. Needless to say we had a good natter and it turned out they were readers of this very blog. Its always nice to chat to readers of the blog and receive feedback from them (positive or negative)...but I am useless at remembering folk's names...so I do apologise to this couple (I blame the medication!)
Walking back towards the main Reservoir we had cracking views of a ♂ Kestrel perched on a nearby telegraph pole. Needless to say I took advantage of this photo opportunity and grabbed a bit of video footage. On the Reservoir itself were c.50 Tufted Ducks, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Cormorants.
On the way back past Eymore wood we stopped again to scan for Crossbills. Again we drew a blank but there were good numbers of Siskin near the upper Car park feeding in the Larches and kicking up an almighty racket. Still it was a good way to end an enjoyable walk.