On Thursday, 28th January, we took a trip out to Summer Leys, in Northamptonshire. Always some good birds there, and Thursday was no exception.
A frosty start to the day, crisp and cold, but once the sun climbed the sky a bit, its rays soon took the chill away; until you happened to walk into the breeze.
From the first hide, opposite the car park, we managed to see a good number of birds, including a couple of Egyptian Geese, and over on the far side, a Little Egret and a Great White Egret.
Some Fieldfares were in the trees to the left hand side of the hide, and we heard a quick burst from a Cetti's Warbler.
We began our walk anti clockwise around the reserve.
Wellingtons have been the footwear of choice for a long time now, and even though a lot of the ground was frosty and frozen, once the sun warmed it up, it quickly became soft and muddy again.
In some places, very muddy.
Good numbers of Wigeon out on the water, along with all the usuals, including a few Shoveler.
Once we reached the feeding station area, it was good to see that someone had topped up the feeders and table. It always attracts plenty of birds, and today there were a lot of Bullfinches around, with Greenfinch, Reed Bunting and Blue Tits.
There was also a brief visit from a Marsh Tit
After a few pictures, it was across the road to 'Mary's Pool', to see what was there.
Quite a few Goldeneye, all far too distant for pictures though, and a few Mute Swans.
We walked on towards the old railway track area, checking the bushes for birds, and scanning the lake for anything else. Unfortunately, by now, it was a case of looking towards the sunlight on the lake; not so good.
Back at the car, a warming coffee, and then time to head home. A total of 46 different birds this visit.
Full list of birds seen
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Egret [sp] (Ardea alba)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
English Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris dresseri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 46