This Nature Reserve continues to develop, with several new features compared with the Group's previous visit. There was a good turn out (25) considering the weather was cool and overcast. From the car park we could see several Egyptian Geese in the nearby park. The walk to Tongham Gravel Pits provided several tits and songs from Chiffchaff and Blackcap; some Redwing flew over us as we crossed the playing fields and several Stock Doves were also seen. The Gravel Pits produced only Little and Great Crested Grebes but there were a few Sand Martins hawking for insects overhead.
Walking to the edge of the Tice's Meadow reporting area, we were able to find a Chiffchaff in view and a Great Spotted Woodpecker plus a Common Buzzard. Green Woodpecker was soon added to the list and the small conservation area produced Stonechat and Meadow Pipit. A Sparrowhawk also flew over head - the raptor list was expanded through Red Kite and Kestrel seen later in the trip.
Approaching the lakes themselves, we could see a variety of ducks, including Wigeon and Teal, and gulls, including Lesser Black-backed. A scan with telescopes provided the hoped for Little Ringed Plover which, although distant, remained in view for all to enjoy (a second LRP was seen from the Mound). There was a host of hirundines above the water, almost all of which (over a hundred?) were Sand Martins; the eagle-eyed did pick out a small number of Swallows and House Martins also.
The Meadows had Greylag Geese, a Sky Lark sang overhead but we missed a pair of Redshank that had been visible earlier in the day.
The feeding station is a relatively new feature of the reserve, built in the wooded area. At first it was quiet but soon we were able to make out a variety of birds in the nearby trees, some of which came down to feed: Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Tits and a pair of Siskin.
56 species was a good total for this site.