Well 2014 bird wise has started off rather slowly, with work, jobs around the house and the weather getting in the way of getting out and about.
The garden though has produced some good birds in the shape of Willow Tit, 6 Bullfinch and a single Male Brambling that comes in with the Goldfinch so watching the feeders is quite enjoyable right now although they are going through quite alot of seed.
Yesterday was our first true venture out to see some birds with a trip down to Gailey Reservoir, although the M6 didn't play ball with a shunt between a car and a lorry meant our arrival was some what delayed.
When we finally got there we started to scan around to try and find the Great Northern Diver and Great White Egret, at first every bird that ducked and dived turned out to just be a Great Crested Grebe and the only Egret like bird we could find was a Heron. Eventually Lesley found the diver between the island and the pontoon on the sailing lake so that was at least one target bird in the bag. With time getting on and before the cold got too much for Gem we headed off home.