The drizzly weather deterred all but the hardiest but actually the moor provided some good bird-watching. Almost from arrival we had close views of a pair of Red Kites that were present throughout our walk down the River Colne and back on the other side. Similarly, pairs of Stonechats popped up at regular intervals and we were able to watch large flocks of both Skylark (30+) and Fieldfare (60+). A couple of perched Kestrels completed the raptor count.


The river itself provided a number of Moorhens together with three Little Grebes and a similar number of Pied Wagtails. On the margins were some Meadow Pipits and a pair of Reed Bunting. A trio of birdwatchers alerted us to a small dark bird on the edge of the water, a Water Pipit. Although it flew off almost immediately it did return and we were able to see the distinctive creamy supercilium.


After that success we relocated to Staines Reservoir. The North Basin was practically empty and we had to walk quite a way down the causeway to find birds in the South Basin. Decent numbers of Tufted Duck, Pochard and Wigeon together with five Goldeneye (3 drakes and 2 females). A distant Red Kite was also seen.