A visit today between 9am and 11am. It was a very very dank day with poor light so apologies for the picture quality.
I parked by the water works entrance and walked towards the divers car park. I was hoping to get close to a water Vole again but as i got to the bridge a loud plop and it was gone. I wandered through the west scrub area which held numerous Redwing, a Green Woodpecker and a Jay as well as a few Greenfinch and Chaffinch.
Over towards the east scrub I decided to check under the plastic sheets that I've laid down for reptiles in case there were any small mammals sheltering - sure enough a Shrew shot out - it was black and I am pretty sure it was a Water Shrew. I have only ever seen a dead one here before so really pleased with that.
Over towards Abbey Mead - lots of Redwing again and a small flock of Long Tailed Tit were seen. On the river there were lots of noisy Teal (I could see around 25 but i am sure there were lots more) Also a Redshank called loudly and shot past me.
Long Tailed Tit
Back along the Millstream there were a few Goldfinch in the Alders.
Back home I checked the Ash tree near my house for Little Owl (I heard one calling last night and they often use the tree during the day) No sign, but I did see a Redpoll
which is my first for Birling.