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Eleven members braved flooded roads and the odd fallen tree to gather at the middle car park on a fine morning. As ever the first stop was the Cutt Mill pond. Though the woods were silent the water delivered no less than fifteen goosanders, four of which were drakes. Lurking behind them were singles of mandarin duck, cormorant and grey heron while tufted ducks and mallard completed the cast of waterfowl. A kingfisher was spotted in flight by a few. Across the road on the lower tarn great crested grebes numbered nine, accompanied by two more redhead goosanders. The long pool held another five drake goosanders and one more redhead while a second kingfisher swooped past. The walk through the woods required work to find birds. Long-tailed tits appeared regularly but constant scanning for movement of other birds was necessary. Eventually a nuthatch, a treecreeper and three goldcrests were seen. A particularly productive alder held two goldfinches and five siskins. Later a coal tit proved cooperative and wrens finally found their voices. Back at the car park a few redwings completed the species list of 32. A most enjoyable morning with the surprising number of goosanders the clear highlight.