and Goldfinches , until Christmas Day itself , when , whilst helping with the dinner , I noticed a smaller bird arrive with the Greenfinches , which turned out to be the first Siskin in the garden this
Winter . Not the best of shots , but it was pouring and the light was really bad at the time . I kept my eyes on the feeders for the rest of the day , but the Redpoll didn't appear , nor the Brambling that I was hoping to arrive with the Chaffinches to feed on the path , but as Meatloaf didn't sing , 'One out of three ain't bad ' .
With the sun out this morning , I headed for Sevenoaks Reserve , and although chilly , it was good to be out again . A Bittern had been seen from Willow Hide on Sunday , so I headed straight there , checking out an almost birdless West Lake as I passed . On arrival , I dropped the flap to see what was about on Snipe Bog Lake , which was quite a good few species , but no sign of the Bittern . The most noticeable thing was the bitter wind that was blowing straight in off the lake . Seven species of duck were on view , the best being a pair of Wigeon , together with the usual three species of goose , two Grebes , Coots a plenty and Moorhens . Making my way down towards Long Lake , I tried , and failed miserably , to photograph a Goldcrest , but did manage a Song Thrush fossicking for it's
breakfast , whilst being over flown by two of the Mistle variety . No Kingfisher sightings , but the usual RRParakeets were occupying their usual space at the end of the track . Turning and heading
48 species , nothing special , but it was good to be out in the sun .