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7feb-02It is our second week in England and we have managed a short visit to our local patch at Belvide Reservoir. There was lots of activity at the woodland feeders where we watched Blue Tit, Great Tit, Marsh Tit, Long tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Pheasant and, best of all several Bramblings! I have been wanting to see one of those for a long time. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was moving around in a nearby tree, and I spotted a Treecreeper climbing the trunk of another tree beyond the feeders. On and around the reservoir we found the usual Tufted Ducks, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Coot, Moorhen and Mallard. Moving on to the Gazebo Hide we added Reed Bunting to our list before returning to the Scott Hide to look for a Water Rail and a Bittern which had both been seen earlier. Sadly all we saw were a couple of Coots! We had seen the Water Rail here previously but on that occasion we didn’t have the camera, typical! On our way back through the woods we caught sight of a Jay flying around, which was a nice end to the morning. By now we were getting decidedly chilly so it was time to return home for a nice cup of tea!