First visit to Dove Stone

I don't know why I've never visited this reserve before, being as it's less than 10 miles from were I live! For some reason I thought it was further afield...

I spent approximately 2 hours this morning wandering along the river and around the main reservoir - more as a break and to get some fresh air than as a specific birding trip. Despite the wind and the weathers best attempts at raining me off I managed a fairly successful species list including: Blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, feral pigeon, gold finch, green finch, robin, dunnock, greater spotted woodpecker, mallard, black-headed gull, jay, carrion crow, magpie and fieldfare. I also heard some goldcrests, but try as I might, I couldn't spot them :(

A great reserve with a good variety of mixed habitats - I'll definately be back and hopefully soon!