We couldn’t have had a better morning weather wise for our visit to
Barnwell Country Park at Oundle and the birds were pretty good too! That was a ‘little bird’ day really with many more seen around the reserve than of late. We got a few sightings of a gorgeous male Bullfinch and the low Winter sun brought out his colours to maximun effect. Not seen for a long time, and for a lot of us that took a while to pin it down, was a Treecreeper. A lot easier to see was a Great Spotted Woodpecker! Some of us were lucky enough to see a Goldcrest before it flew off and disappeared. From the Lowlands hide a Nuthatch made sporadic flights to one of the feeders where it proceded to scatter most of the seed to the ground. The squirrel underneath didn’t mind one bit! But pride of place will always go to a
Kingfisher of course and we got some good views of one on the Little Lake from the Kingfisher hide. Sadly, we just missed out on an Otter sighting!
A good morning’s birding was rounded off nicely with some of Mary’s lovely mince pies (many thanks Mary) and a coffee/tea/soup in the café.