This was my final monthly visit to the Abbey Fish Ponds Nature Reserve. On entering somebody saw me taking a picture and asked what I’d seen.
It was a Wood Pigeon so nothing to boast about. But he told me how he had seen foxes and three sorts of deer. I said ‘wow’ and looked for deer but saw none.
A lot of reeds and branches have been cut back and leaves have fallen and as a result there were more birds to be seen and heard.
An Egret flew out from the stream and landed in a tree.
Although common it is still good to see a Robin.
Starlings were gathering in one of the trees at around 3pm. They took off and will probably be joining up with even bigger groups of starlings for their cloak turning murmurations.
A lot of the reeds and sedge have been cut down but there were still places with reeds.
Most of the reed is under the ground, as roots and rhizomes. Green spears are poking up even in December.
P.S. I got a call from Newcomer asking to be shown round the Abbey Fish Ponds. So there could be a bonus visit early next year. I might even do a recording as we explore with David Attenborough voices.