There has been little change in the species present in the park. The more unusual one's can sometimes be hard to see or pin down. We haven't had many sunny days, so when the sun was out I took the opportunity to take a few interesting snaps.
I carried out my first New Years Day bird count in the park this morning. I was working but managed to spend sometime in the key areas of the park. I was surprised by the final total 68, which could possibly have been 69 if I had got slightly better views of 2 Redpolls in the Chat Enclosure (area 39). They were perched in a Willow on the far side of the area and looked large and pale enough to be Common Redpolls. They unfortunately flew off north when a Magpie landed close to them. The days count can be seen below
3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull
Red crested Pochard
Grey Heron in one of the new Heron Baskets
Common Gull & B H Gull