Another nice morning so we decided to take the dog for a walk round Hewenden
Reservoir,in the early morning sunshine after another frosty night,just 1°C as we set off.
A couple of Canadas flying over our house was a good start as we made our way to the
Northern Trail & towards the viaduct seeing Collared Dove,Dunnock,Goldfinch,Greenfinch,
LT Tit,Robin,House Sparrow,Starling & Siskin along the way.We turned down the track
towards the Reservoir seeing a couple of Oystercatchers,Meadow Pipits & a Jay flew over.
At the Reservoir were Canadas,Greylags,Goosander,Cormorant,Grey Heron & Gt Crested
Grebe we then headed back across the viaduct to the woods at the top end of the Reservoir.
Walking along the path we flushed a bird which had a long bill was dark brown on top with
a light under side,we were fairly close to it as it took flight moving 50 meters away from us and
back to ground under cover.I'm convinced this was our first Woodcock, being perfect habitat
for them and a good sighting of the bird.We headed back along the side of the Reservoir seeing
a couple of Cormorants fly round and perch in the trees on the opposite bank. We had a good
walk with a good selection of birds seen.
28 - Canadas
2 - Greylag
2 - Gt C. Grebe
4 - Cormorant
4 - Goosander
3 - Grey Heron
2 - Oystercatcher
1 - Jay
10 - Meadow Pipit
1 - Woodcock
plus other common species
|Canadas & Oycs|
|Still snow drifts to avoid|
|emerging from the wood at the far end of the Reservoir|