Went to Bittel Reservoir twice last week on 20th and 22nd. Managed a great count of 63 Goosander on the 20th and 28 on the 22nd, just shows how numbers here are affected by freezing weather as it was a lot more frozen on the 22nd! Other birds of note on the 20th were about 20 Siskin along the ash path and also a flock of 40+ Linnet and 2 Barn Owl pellets along a public footpath behind the reservoirs, which had 2 skulls in one a lot bigger than the other. 22nd I managed 30+ Siskin and c8 Redpoll along the Ash path as well as a 1st Winter Great Black Backed Gull on Upper.
One skull in each one large and one small maybe a mouse and a vole?
This shows the larger of the 2 skulls.
You can just about see Upper Bittel in the distance
Went to Upton on 23rd and had the Little Egret in the far corner of the Sailing Pool again and a Rook over the Flashes feeding station taking me up to 70 for the year list there. Also a lot of pollarding had occurred around the Salwarpe at the moors so thought I'd take some photos to show whats happened there.
And finally today went in search of a rare grebe just south of Redditch and sure enough found a Slavonian Grebe on a small pool in Feckenham Wylde Moor NR. Stunning bird showing really well fabulous lifer and I'd definitely recommend going for it, I attempted at some photos but they were rather shocking considering how close it was! But it shows the key features of pale tipped bill, straight line of black/white on the check and the head peaking at the rear, a nice comparison with the Black Necked Grebe I had at Freiston not long ago. This bird also seemed more in proportion with a bigger head than the Black Necked.