This has probably been one of the most difficult weeks for viewing birds since the classes started in 2004. The wetland habitats that we normally visit at this time of year have almost iced over completely, so the water birds have deserted in droves or are very difficult to see without telescopes. The answer has been to revisit nearby locations that we no longer usually visit, which still hold something decent to see at close quarters. The answer yesterday was for extremely close views of Bullfinches. Some of these birds came within 3 feet of participants.
A new member saw his first Bullfinch only a couple of weeks ago & yesterday remarked that it was an absolute privilege to get this close to such stunningly beautiful birds - a species which puts a lie to the claim that all British birds are dull brown and unremarkable.
Where to go next week if there hasn't been a major thaw, and everyone has been to the Bullfinch location?...
ditto with Blue Tit
Record shot of Great Spotted Woodpecker [male]
Great Spotted Woodpecker [female]
Reed Bunting [female]