With little seen on the water itself, I decided to concentrate on the mature, damp woodland carr habitat around the water.
This time of year sees mixed flocks of birds roaming through woodland habitat in search for food and on this visit this was indeed the case with a number of Long-tailed Tits, smaller numbers of Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Treecreepers, and Goldcrest moving through trees where they search under leaves and in the fissures of tree bark for small prey items. Roving flocks of birds have a greater chance of finding food on cold winter days, also their strategy would undoubtedly be to have safety in numbers as the more birds involved, the greater the likelihood of them being able to sound the alarm if a Sparrowhawk, or other predator approaches.
Also heard in the area was Nuthatch and Marsh Tit whilst at the hide alongside the water, a Robin was ever present.
4 Cormorants were seen in their regular tree in the north-east corner of the water.
|Robin - Thompson Water|