New Year's Day


New Year's Day - and so begins our bird list for the new year! We started off at Barnwell Country Park where we encountered siskins and redpolls just as we left the carpark. We had a fleeting glimpse of a kingfisher and a treecreeper but unfortunately didn't see any nuthatches.

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Blue Tit

The light wasn't fantastic from the hide although we were lucky to see coal tit, marsh tit, great tit, blue tit and reed bunting.

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Reed Bunting

After our visit to Barnwell, we stopped off for a walk around Titchmarsh Local Nature Reserve. Highlights included spotting three great white egrets together, two snipe and a juvenile whooper swan.

Whooper Swan

In total we spotted 51 species of birds - not bad for a few hours out!

Grey Heron

Grey Squirrel

Although we didn't see the otter at Barnwell, we did see plenty of grey squirrels, a mouse/shrew under the bird feeders (too fast to identify) and a stoat-like creature, again to quick to identify confidently which set off lots of alarm calls from the surrounding birds as it dashed through the undergrowth.

Great White Egrets

Not a great photo, but three great white egrets and two little egrets can be spotted if you look carefully!