I don't think I've seen so many Blackbirds before, every bush and tree housing several, even a couple of the black billed varieties mentioned on Autumnwatch recently. I thought i'd try my luck around the Fishing lake first, not alot at all to report a Mute Swan and a couple of Coots. On the far side the boardwalk path weaves through some old Watercress beds and intertwines with the River Anton. I accidently disturbed a Kestrel from the Ash trees overlooking the water, a small group of Long Tailed Tits in the waterside willows.
The more overgrown area of the reserve starting to show up a few more signs of life. Following the path back around the edge of the Second smaller lake, about half a dozen pairs of Tufted Duck in the middle of the water, joined quite quickly by 3 pairs of Gadwall. A small bridge crosses the River Anton here as it weaves it way through the Clatfords, and in one of the younger Ash Trees on the bank, something caught my eye, now I don't think I've ever seen one in England, the only previous sighting I can recall was on the bird feeding station at the Ben Nevis visitor centre in Scotland. A Treecreeper, I managed to get exactly 3 shots off before it flew off. Never the less another one to properly tick of the list.