Sunday 5th Feb

As Bob posted today, we missed the swans landing but here are a couple of photos , they look like two adults, two adolescent and two cygnets.

Also attached is a photo taken a couple of weeks ago,of a Teal flapping it’s wings but notice the two white feathers, one on each wing pointing backwards, anyone know what these are.


Sightings & Bird count

Hi at the start of the walk there were 2 thrushes scurrying away between the brambles on the tank tracks.

At the long pond the ice has finally won and covered all the pond now. All Brian and myself saw was 6 teal taking flight
2M-2F mallards…so quiet, then as we continued 14 canada geese flew in and landed out of sight from us.

At the north feeder :- 1M-1F bullfinch,1 great tit,4 blue tits,2 coal tits,7 greenfinch,2 goldfinch,3M-4F blackbirds,
3 dunnocks,3M-2F reed buntings,4 robins,5 chaffinch.

On the way back we observed 6 mute swans at the south end of the long pond, 2 cygnets,1 immature, 2 cobs and 1 pen.
would have been a marvellous sight seeing them land as there was a veneer of water on the surface of the ice the same
conditions that the canada geese endured and we missed both landings.

Posted by Bob Chubb.

Sightings for Saturday

Hi, at the long pond the 2 swans have gone as the small pool is nigh on closing in with the ice.
All that was there was the white mallard with 9 other mallards and 1 canada goose.
No other birds were evident.

At the north feeder, 2M–2F bullfinch,2 great tits,1 coal tit, 7 chaffinch, 5 robins, 8M–2F blackbirds
11 greenfinch,3 goldfinch,2 dunnocks,3m–2F reed buntings.
At the back a magpie was waiting for Bri and me to go so it could raid all the scraps we had left out for the smaller birds.
No blue tits today perhaps they having a lye in..oh and the return of the coal tit not seen by me for the last two days.

Posted by Bob Chubb

Bird count

Hi, the small clearing in the long pond is diminishing and today there were 2 swans,2 canada geese and a few mallards….very quiet.

At the north feeder–1M-2F bullfinch,3 blue tits,3 great tits,5 robins,4M-1F reed buntings, 7 chaffinch, 6 goldfinch,
9 greenfinch, 7M-4F blackbirds,2 dunnock.

Approaching feeder through the field observed one thrush in the brambles by the fence,on the salt marsh a merlin
was perched on the post by the gully.

Posted by Bob

Frozen ponds

Hi, the image was taken at the long pond with all birds evident in this tiny clearing of water,
on a nearby bank was a heron sunning himself but took flight as I approached.
Walking on past this a mute swan flew low over the pond looking as to land,
however it didn’t and gained height and flew on south.

At the north feeder 2M-2F bullfinch,4 blue tits,3 great tits,4 robins, 5M-3F blackbirds,
11 greenfinch,1 goldfinch,2M-1F reed buntings,2 dunnock, 7 chaffinch
The birds were in fine voice this morning and there was a lot of activity in the surrounding willows.

Posted by Bob Chubb

Sightings for Feb. 1st

Hi,—at Long Pond– 5M-3F tufted ducks, 2 swans,15 teal, white mallard with other mallards, 1 canada goose,1 heron.
North feeder–3M-2F bullfinches,3 great tits,4 blue tits,1 coal tit,3M-1F reed buntings,2M-2F blackbirds,12 greenfinch,
6 goldfinch,4 robins,7 chaffinch,2 dunnocks.

Saw 7 swans on high water line, settled on beach, roughly opposite from rifle butts, were they
whoopers or mutes? couldn’t tell from where I saw them from the old tip.
Think Lew & Jim may have seen them…any idea guys?

From the ‘Bramble Chopper’

Sightings 31 Jan

Posted by Ian

AWOL in the morning and as usual in the afternoon bird sightings were down.

But there was a female/young grey seal (I’m not an expert) however following the tide up on the sand by Scarth in the afternoon.

Nice to see

Sightings and Bird Count

Hi, Fishing pond- 2swans Long Pond- 4M-2F tufted ducks, white mallard with other mallards, 20+ teal
North feeder-2M-1F bullfinch, 2 great tits,3 blue tits,1 coal tit,1 dunnock,3 robins, 9 greenfinch,3 goldfinch
5 chaffinch,2M-2F blackbirds, 3m-1F reed buntings……oh and also saw and spoke with Steve Benn
on a rare trip to the reserve!…
From the ‘Bramble Chopper’

Daily Bird Count at North Feeder

Hi, count taken at 0830 hrs, 2M – 1F Bullfinch,3 Great Tits, 3 Blue Tits, 1 Coal Tits, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Robins,

2M – 2F Blackbirds, 4M – 1F Reed Buntings, 9 Greenfinch, 2 Hedgesparrows (Dunnock)

Greater spotted woodpecker did a fly past,

by The Bramble Chopper


Hi Ian, yes it must be a greater spotted woodpecker due to the undulating flight also saw a little egret on salt marsh,

hey ho site is coming on a credit to all concerned…well done !!

Bob aka ‘Bramble Chopper’