A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker has again been seen in the wooded area near the reserve entrance and also in the same area Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest and Ring-necked Parakeets. A small flock of Pink-footed Geese were seen flying over (13th) and much later the same day a Barn Owl was spotted near the Visitor Centre.
A snipe count (17th) revealed 45 Common Snipe and 3 Jack Snipe. Up to 4 Water Rail have also been seen.
On Forge Mill lake counts of water birds included 22 Teal, 15 Shoveler, 15 Pochard, 16 Gadwall and 60 Tufted Duck as well as Goosander, Comorant, Goldeneye, Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebe. On the island a Starling flock of about 25 birds mingled with the larger flock of over 100 Lapwing. 2 Common Gull were spotted along with more than three hundred Black-headed Gulls.
Regularly around the feeders were Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Great Tit and brightly coloured Bullfinch, standing out in the grey weather. 2 Stock Dove were also identified.
There were frequent sightings around the reserve of Song Thrush, Redwing, Long-tailed Tits, a flock of about 14 Goldfinch and a larger mixed flock of Lesser Redpoll with Siskin. Other occasional sightings included Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. A group (murder ?) of about 26 Crows was also observed.
A Raven was seen flying near Park Farm (16th).