On the 20th, there were a pair of Hawfinch, feeding on sloes, in the hedge that runs alongside the pony paddock.
The male bird obliged by giving good views of his splendid plumage by perching on the open side of the bush, before retreating back into the thick, dark centre, where he was hard to see.
Later that morning, a Great White Egret flew across Colebrook Lake South, before circling and landing at Long Island.
It didnt stay long, after two minutes it took off, heading West.
Late in the afternoon on the 27th, I went to Manor Lake reed bed at the reserve, hoping to see the Bearded Tit that had been reported the previous evening.
Just after dark it was heard but not seen. However a flock of three hundred or so Starlings had put on a great display of murmuration, before flying into the reed bed to roost. Whilst flying the flock had endured two attacks by a Sparrowhawk, which was successful the second time around.
On the 29th, four Hawfinch were at the pony paddock, two males and two females, so all in all a very good end to the months birding.