Taking advantage of a cold but clear day, I headed down the reserve hoping to again spot the elusive Kingfisher. However, the pond remains under ice, though it is receding and thinning.
The kingfisher wasn’t the only bird being elusive. The Bullfinches could be heard making their plaintive and pensive peeps, but were not keen on being spotted at first. Sightings tended to look like this:
You may notice in the top picture that the long-tailed tit is at a covered feeding table. It’s actually the first time in 18 months I’ve seen a bird use the feeders here! The last time I was there, the feeder was so unused that the seed was actually sprouting. Of course, if the gluttonous pigeons, doves, crows and magpies could get on that’d soon be cleared up. But they have to content themselves with searching elsewhere.
So, again, no kingfisher. But on the way out I did manage to spot this handsome fellow prowling and probing the trees near the main road:
Hopefully next time the kingfisher will return. It’s only since I started blogging these trips that it’s disappeared!