I haven't been down to Linacre for a couple of weeks, so I took advantage of the extra hour yesterday morning, and had a couple of hours walking around the site. It was very windy, but at 12 degrees, it was also pretty warm.
Wildfowl numbers were about right for the time of year, with Mallards at 56, Coot (8), Moorhen (4- fewer than expected), Tufted Duck (14), Grey Wagtail (1), Pied Wagtail (1 on the barbed wire fence by the main entrance), Kingfisher (1- reported by my nephew, Luke, later in the day), Cormorant (4 - via Luke), Black-headed Gull (22), Little Grebe (1) and Mandarin Duck (69 on the middle reservoir- the highest count of the year so far).
The woods were quite quiet, the exception being a large and vocal mixed tit flock, mainly Long-tailed Tits, around the top reservoir. Unfortunately no winter thrushes around today.