Thursday, 3 March 2011

Hanningfield Reservoir

Today I took a trip to Hanningfield Reservoir on the way home from college.  I've never been there before but it was quite nice - a mix of woodland birds and wildfowl.

The species list for the hour we were there was:
  • Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
  • Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
  • Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
  • Mallard (Anas pltyrhynchos)
  • Gadwall (Anas strepera)
  • Teal (Anas crecca)
  • Tufted Duck (Aythya faligula)
  • Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
  • Coot (Fulica atra)
  • Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)
  • Sisken (Carduelis spinus)
  • Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
  • Great Tit (Parus major)
  • Long-Tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
  • Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
  • Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
  • Magpie (Pica pica)
  • Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

But the star of the show was a little robin.  Whilst sitting on a bench quietly watching the long-tailed tits a little robin had its beady eye on us.  Clearly invading its territory it came ever closer to investigate what we were doing.  It flew at us a few times, and when we finally moved on it landed on the bench to see us off once and for all.  My new camera has done quite a good job of capturing it so I'm very pleased!!

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