Eyebrook Reservoir, December

The temperature remained at a steady eight degrees this morning, though we began in wind and showers before the front passed over.

The highlight was provided by two Otters which attracted our attention by their calls; they were in almost exactly the same place where we saw two a few years ago, and again we saw them soon after we arrived before there was much disturbance.

Amongst the birds, notable counts included 115 Pochard (similar to the number this time last year), 531 Teal and 1200 Lapwings. Notable by their absence were Smew and Little Grebe.

Once the sun appeared it tempted a vocal Chiffchaff to begin flycatching from the hedgerow.

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