Belvide, Staffordshire, England

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We are back in England for a week so, after a visit to the dentist this morning, we drove over to Belvide to see some UK birds. It had been raining earlier but by the time we arrived the rain had stopped. We called in to check the caravan was alright and a couple of Buzzards flew overhead and landed in a nearby tree. We retrieved our wellies from the caravan which proved to be a good move as it was rather muddy! At the first hide by the woodland feeders, we enjoyed watching the regular visitors, such as, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh/Willow Tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a nice little Wren. We continued to the Scott Hide which overlooks the reservoir but the water in front of the hide was rather deserted apart from a few Goldeneye, a lovely duck to see. We moved round the lake to the Gazebo Hide seeing a good number of Fieldfares and a few Redwings feeding on the fields. I love to see these species in the winter, so this was a real treat. At the Gazebo Hide we added Reed Bunting and Tree Sparrow to our list with about 4-6 birds of each species visiting the feeders. From this hide we were able to see a few Tufted Ducks, Shovelers and a couple of Great Crested Grebes on the water, and on the far bank there were Canada Geese, Mute Swans and a couple of Lapwings. We were only out for a couple of hours but it was good to be looking at some great UK birds again. It was a bit chilly so we headed off for a lovely carvery dinner at The Spread Eagle. (Not a real eagle!) A great way to end the morning.