Despite the fact that there was 98% ice cover with only the top reservoir having any open water, we still managed some decent counts: Mallard (78), Coot (14, the highest count of the year so far), Black-headed Gull (31), Goldeneye (1 male), Mandarin (20), Tufted Duck (19) Pochard (3 males) and Moorhen (3).
As well as these waterbirds we also saw a couple of Redwing, several Siskin and heard a pair of calling Tawny Owls.
Driving back through Cutthorpe I stopped off to look at a berry bush that was covered in a large flock of 50+ Fieldfare and half a dozen Redwings.
Redwing and Fieldfare
The Year List moved on today with the following species:
82 - Tawny Owl