The first day out of the year and nice again to get out with the camera after all the Christmas business and just be able to relax into nature again. My first choice of 2022 was Cromwell Bottom mainly because its local but also for the good areas of bird feeders which give good opportunities for bird photography.
I arrived on site just as daylight was breaking and nobody else had arrived in the car park, I headed straight off to the feeding area near the bridge in the reserve as the cafe feeding area was closed. Whilst walking towards the feeding area I heard Song Thrush, Robin, and saw Crow and Magpie. On arrival at the feeding area there wasn’t any birds active in the area the only occupants were squirrels but after about 15 minutes this started to happen with Blue, Great and Coal Tits coming into the feeders along with Bullfinch, Dunnock, Robin, Jay, Nuthatch, Chaffinh and Magpie.
After about an hour I left the feeding area and headed into the reserve crossing over the bridge and headed towards the viewing platform where I could overlook the adjoining canal and onto the gravel pits from the reserve. Here I saw a pair of Goldeneye ducks along with Black headed, Common and Herring Gulls. Back on the reserve I found very little in the area I was in apart from Crows.
It wasn’t long before I was back at the feeding area, which by now was full of watchers, I stayed ten minutes basically seeing what I’d already seen so I headed off back to the car, seeing Mallard and Mute Swans on my way passed the canal.
Bird List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Cormorant, Dunnock, Goldeneye, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Jay, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mute Swan, Nuthatch, Robin, Song Thrush.
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