It was my last day off before school starts again, so I had a first time visit to Moore Nature Reserve. Bird wise I did quite well, as I saw a female Smew the second for me this Winter. The first one I saw was on a pool a short walk from home.
The female Smew is pretty, however for me nothing can beat the black and white of the male birds.
A group of birds were having an important meeting on the island, and I am sure you would guess the Heron was in charge.
As we were going back to the car for a drink, I spotted a Tree Creeper creeping up an Oak tree right beside us.
My favourite picture of the day was this astonishing Robin who was singing it's heart in a small Hawthorn.
The birds were really active at the feeding station today. We saw Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits, Nuthatch, Siskins, Chaffinch, Reed Buntings and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. I also met two friendly people one called Mike, thank you very much for all your information.
My favorite species of woodpecker (in the UK) is the Great Spotted Woodpecker Woodpecker. This one kept feeding in the nut cage feeder, when he could reach the food.
Since we were by a tip there were hundreds of gulls and in the past some quite rare ones have been spotted. We mainly saw Black Headed Gulls like the one causing a splash below.
The usual Coots were everywhere, literally everywhere.
So that is an end to my brilliant Christmas holidays. They have been epic!