A TRIP OUT TO BESTHORPE

The weather forecast promised us a bright, sunny – if cold – day yesterday, so we decided to travel beyond the confines of the city for the first time since last summer. The Besthorpe Nature Reserve has always been a favourite of ours and it’s very lightly populated at any given time, so it was the perfect destination and, at just under 30 miles, a reasonable distance to give the car a much-needed blow. Unfortunately, we were barely five miles from Nottingham when the sun disappeared, never to reappear again while we were at the reserve. Nevertheless, we saw quite a few birds, including a few ground feeders when we called in at Langford Lowfields.
Our list of sightings – robin, blackbird, sparrow, crow, magpie, kestrel, linnet, goldfinch, bullfinch, bluetit, great tit, dunnock,  little egret, tufted duck, mallard, gadwall, mute swan, great crested grebe, cormorant, black-headed gull.
The photographs below are from the archives as even 8000 ISO wasn’t working for me!

ROBIN
BLACKBIRD
SPARROW
CROW
MAGPIE
KESTREL
LINNET
GOLDFINCH
BULLFINCH
BLUETIT
GREAT TIT
DUNNOCK
LITTLE EGRET
TUFTED DUCK
MALLARD
GADWALL
MUTE SWAN
BLACK-HEADED GULL

CORMORANT
GREAT CRESTED GEBE