We started off from the visitor village in bright sunshine and made our way down to the river. It was still quite high and swollen from the floods the week before, and there wasnt much about, apart from a moorhen and a little egret that flew over. As we approached Boildon wood the sunshine disappeared and we had a small shower, so we made our way quickly into the wood, which provided abit of shelter. Most of us got a good view of a goldcrest, which actually stayed still for a few seconds, and had some insects in its beak. We put some seed out around some of the fallen logs and enjoyed watching the tits, finches, nuthatches and of course the greedy squirrels. Further on in the woods we saw a tree creeper. Back out in the open we made our way round the pools, luckily the rain had stopped, and we had a good close view of a buzzard. There were a few different species on the water, including some whooper swans, but nothing in any great numbers. We went in the hide on the east side of the no.1 pit but it was very cold with the wind whistling through the window slots. So we carried onto the family hide and had our lunch there, or alternatively went to the cafe, before heading off.
Species: Jackdaw, Little Egret, Moorhen, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Robin, Cormorant, Buzzard, Whooper Swan, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Jay, Gadwall, Shoveler, Canada Goose, Heron, Wigeon, Teal, Coot, Mallard, Kestrel, Grey Squirrel