Numbers of woodland birds remain low, except for Long-tailed Tits which roam in flocks of 10 or more. Sections of the wood, both deciduous and conifer, seemed completely empty while other parts were dominated by Blue & Great Tits. Song Thrushes were feeding in peaty stream bottoms or at the base of dense hedgerows and Blackbirds sought out ivy berries but I saw only 1 Redwing.
A few Siskins and Lesser Redpolls were in circulation overhead but there was no sign of Crossbills in the stands of mature Scots Pine.
The water level is high in the gills and on the old mill pond, where an inland Water Rail was squealing from the reeds.
On the track up towards Netherfield, however, was a great concentration of birds, with at least 50 Chaffinches (mostly male) picking around some deep ruts, accompanied by several Great Tits, while above the path streamed a hard-to-count current of Great, Blue, Coal, Marsh and Long-tailedTits, along with a few Goldcrests, Treecreepers, Nuthatches and a GS Woopecker.
Sadly, there was no sight or sound of the Willow Tits which have been here in the past.
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