My other half woke me this morning with the words 'Wakey wakey, it's a sunny morning!'
Usually I would have lazed in bed for half an hour, but with these encouraging words I was immediately up and at 'em!
I went to RSPB Greylake, my favourite birding destination if you hadn't already realised! ;)
Considering the weather, I expected the reserve to be busy, but there were only 3 cars in the car-park!
At least that meant there would be room in the hides!
During a couple of hours in the hide I watched the usual suspects, Wigeon and Teal, Buzzards and Marsh Harriers, Stonechats and Snipe.
The waters immediately in front of the hide were frozen, meaning the ducks were a little further out than usual, They were only 'put up' a couple of times, but it's always a great spectacle to see!
There were a few familiar faces in the hide, Steve Balcombe, Chris Hooper and his brother, Jan Fearnley and her hubby....all lovely people! (Thanks for the Barn Owl tip Jan!)
Finally I spent half an hour taking pics of the small birds in the car-park.... this time of year the Reed Buntings are particularly confiding by the feeders!
Below are some photo's from todays visit;
^Above^ - Snipe.
^Above^ - Lots of Winter Ducks! (Wigeon and Teal)
^Above^ - Mallard pair.
^Above^ - Buzzard.
^Above^ - Hidden Chiffchaff.
^Above^ - Mute Swans.
^Above^ - Marsh Harriers.
^Above^ - Magpie
^Above^ - Pied Wagtail on the ice.
^Above^ - Female Shoveler.
^Above^ - Wigeon.
^Above^ - Stonechat.
^Above^ - Rook.
^Above^ - Blue Tits.
^Above^ - Dunnocks.
^Above^ - Robin.
^Above^ - Starlings.
^Above^ - Reed Buntings.
^Above^ - The Lesser Spotted Carlicus Bovisicus.... ;)