I was up before the birds today as I started work at 04.00am! What a shock to the system that was, the 4 hours soon went though and after a quick haircut I decided to give Denis a call and go to Bough Beech for an hour.
When I arrived at 10.20am the first thing I heard was a Green Woodpecker calling and then I spotted a small flock of Blue Tits dashing about.On the small lake side I spotted 10 Grey Herons in total (see Digiscoped photos).
Photos from top to bottom are Grey Herons (3 pics)and Great Crested Grebes (2 pics)
Carrion Crows were the next birds I spotted along with the pair of Great Crested Grebes (above) showing a courtship ritual, and a lot of Cormorants on one of the islands on the large side of the lake. Mallards and Tufted Ducks next up and a lone Magpie digging around for a morsel to eat. Great Tit could be heard calling, the next spot was to be Coots and Pochard and a Gadwall, and for me a rarity at Bough Beech was a Shovelor. A Pied Wagtail flew over along with a pair of Greylag Geese and to finish off was a Blackbird. I was glad to get back into the car as the wind was fierce and I was freezing cold.