After a rather stormy night leaving debris littered everywhere we were rather fortunate that our January morning at Sywell Country Park coincided with a spell of sunny, crisp weather before the rain returned in the afternoon! The morning got off to a good start with a few Siskin (pictured) and Goldfinch seen by the car park. Once up on the dam the hoped for female Scaup was eventually located although better views of it were obtained on our return with the sun then in a more favourable position. I think possibly this is the first time the group has seen one. The first raptor seen was a Kestrel sitting on the overhead wires, this was followed by an obliging Red Kite flying low over the reservoir, the low sun highlighting its colourful attire. Later on whilst watching a large flock of Siskin in the usual place three Buzzards flew low overhead. Persistence scanning the Siskin flock eventually paid off when a Lesser Redpoll was found preening itself. In the woods we added Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Reed Bunting, Goldcrest and Great Spotted Woodpecker to our sightings. The morning was rounded off with a Grey Wagtail on the overflow channel to wrap up a really good morning’s bird watching.
February’s outing is on the 15th. Bruce White