A short trip this morning to Amwell Nature reserve, but we failed to connect with the Yellow-browed Warbler. Three birders were already present when we arrived but there had been no sign of the bird. During our search, there were feeding parties of Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits regularly coming down to the feeders but the Yellow-browed failed to show among them.
Much of Great Hardmead Lake was still frozen over, the wildfowl, therefore, was concentrated along the far edges. We found Goldeneye and Goosander among the commoner ducks and Brian located a female Red-crested Pochard.
On the way home, we visited Penton Drive Open Space hoping the two Cattle Egrets were still present. Both were spotted before we reached the gate! Still happily feeding close to the play area.