Dec 28 2015 Cannop Ponds Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire UK 12c
|Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)|
Also known as 'Dabchick' Little Grebes favour weedy lakes where it dives for food.
|Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)|
The most common member of the crake or rail family. As with the Little Grebe UK winter numbers are supplemented by immigrants from Europe.
|Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)|
The commonest of the UK tits, the Blue Tit is a familiar visitor to bird feeders and will readily use nest boxes put out for them in the garden.
|Coal Tit (Periparus ater)|
A lifer for me, the Coal Tit made my day. There is a feeder at Canop where visitors bring food.
|Great Tit (Parus Major)|
The largest of the UK tits, Great Tits often flocks with other tits and is a regular visitor to the bird feeder.
|Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)|
I didn't know this but the cormorant's plumage isn't waterproof and the bird can often be seen in the 'heraldic' pose drying off its wings.
|Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)|
The Mandarin duck was introduced into the UK in the early 20th century and now number around 3500 pairs. It was added to the British bird list in 1971.
|Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)|
The only bird the Tufted Duck can be confused with is the Scaup (Aythya marina)
"It's never too late to start birding"