Thirteen members met in the car park on Lower Sandhurst Road. Fortunately the weather was good following the recent storms and we quickly began spotting Blue and Great Tits, Goldfinch, Nuthatch and Treecreeper. There were one or two Redwing in the Horse Paddock
Out on Colebrook lake there were large numbers of Gadwall, Mallard and Coot along with Moorhen, Canada Goose, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe and Shelduck. Tern Island had the usual Cormorants and Black Headed Gulls resting. A quick check of the East Fen from the footpath and the first hide revealed nothing of additional interest but a bonus on the bird feeders was a very obliging Reed Bunting which gave very good views.
Reaching the River Blackwater, which was flowing very high, we walked all the way round to the second hide on Grove Lake. The path by the river was very quiet for birds, apart from a few Long Tailed Tits and a couple of Goldcrests. Out on the lakes there were some Shoveler, Pochard and the hoped for Goosander, by this time looking rather resplendent in the sunshine. Reaching the hide, we were able to watch a Buzzard and a Kestrel enjoying the wind and air currents.
We then re-traced our steps along the river and walked to view the new workings. Unfortunately the lakes on this side were not viewable due to the re-shaping of the sand and gravel and the removal of the bridge which used to serve as a vantage point, but we did add Little Grebe to the list for the day. All in all a very enjoyable walk with 41 species seen in total.
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