Calke Abbey and Reservoir - Green Woodpeckers and Tree-creeper and other woodland birds.

On 9th December there was the chance of some sunshine `north` so we set off for one of our favorite National Trust properties - Calke Abbey. A good day`s birding can be had by walking the grounds (spending time in the two excellent hides - with feeders) and walking to the near-by reservoir. There is also history here - the house has been `preserved` in a dilapidated state as it was when handed to the Trust and there are some lime-kilns to explore as well. (This is a good spot for wild flowers)>

The hides provided good views in bright sunshine of greenfinches, goldfinches, reed buntings, coal - blue -great and marsh tits, as well as a sparrowhawk trying his luck.

The walk through woodland provided some very close views of a tree-creeper (in dull light of course) and the path to the reservoir provided a brief view of two green woodpeckers; one day I will get close views of this bird)!

Male Greenfinch 025 (36)

Goldfinch 025 (12)

Coal Tit 025 (18)

Marsh Tit 025 (102)

Treecreeper 025 (270)

Treecreeper 025 (239)
Green Woodpeckers 025 (166)

And finally....

The long-horns are always worth a look as they `manage` the scrub. Their colours blend-in beautifully with the Winter vegetation.

Long-horn 025 (314)

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