On a very cold but bright morning 10 members met in the Visitors Centre at Hanningfield Reservoir. Once again we enjoyed the warmth of the centre and with hot drinks watched the birds through the large windows, some on the feeders in the bird garden and others on the reservoir beyond. We saw a pair of stock doves, dunnock, pheasant, blue tit, great tit, chaffinch, robin, magpie and also a squirrel. Out on the reservoir we could see only mallards and cormorants
It was very tempting to remain in the warmth of the centre, as in fact one member did and he was well rewarded, but the rest of us ventured out and visited all four of the hides that look out onto the reservoir. Fortunately they yielded more than mallards and cormorants, although they were here too, and we spotted wigeon, grey herons, great-crested grebe, greylag geese, black-headed gull, little grebe, moorhen, coot, golden eye, mute swan, canada geese and tufted duck.