The shortest day of the year was also one of the sunniest, a great day to be away from the shops and a great day to be out enjoying open spaces. The few birds I did see around Kingsbury Water Park were also enjoying unseasonably mild weather. Little Egret, Kingfisher and Common Snipe looked particularly respendant on Cliff pool from the canal hide. A fellow watcher from the hide was ecstatic about the behaviour of the Kingfisher trying to stun a fish at such close range. Clearly a novice with her Mitchell Beazley Birdwatcher's Guide at the ready it was great to see the excitement watching birds can generate and the pleasure watching relatively common birds can give. Cliff pool was one of the venues I visited regularly when I rediscovered Bird watching, as it was then called, back in the 1980s. It has been somewhat neglected of late and Steve Cawthray is organising workparties to try and improve the habitat.
The first session is on Wednesday 11th January 2012. Volunteers are asked to meet at Broomey Croft at 10.00am.