The female Grey Wagtail that I have named 'Hoppy' virtually lives in the garden near the pond and has hardly left since the snow started. It is fed dried mealworms several times a day, so why should it go elsewhere.
The snow brought a Goldcrest and Redwing into the garden to feed. The Redwing was the first ever in the garden for me.
My birding trips for February have all been local at Moor Green Lakes.
On the 12th, Goosander numbers reached twelve, the two female Goldeneye remained at Colebrook Lake, fifteen Snipe occupied the northern edge of Colebrook Lake North and a splendid male Dartford Warbler made an appearance at the diggings, Moor Green. I hope the snow doesnt hang around for too long, as it could affect this vulnerable species hunt for food.
The 16th brought Snipe numbers rising to twenty three, with ten Teal and four Bullfinch, the latter of which can regularly seen at the pony paddock.
A Barn Owl was seen on the 23rd, sunny itself in the brief winter sunshine at the entrance to its box, whilst eighteen Pied Wagtail were busy feeding on winter midges at the sewage farm.
I have just found out that there are twelve species of winter midges in the UK, which mate, lay eggs in the spring and die.
Ten Fieldfare were feeding along the river, the highest number seen by me this winter. I was beginning to wonder where they had all gone, as they have been scarce at the reserve.