I had planned to visit Brandon Marsh NR earlier this week but plans were abandoned as I read many of the paths were flooded and barely passable.
I haven't been back to the small Nature Reserve of Millennium Wood in Bickenhill/Marston Green for ages so as I was passing I decided to stop off.
I hadn't got my camera with me and the photos above were taken last year.
As usual the walk round the main part of the reserve revealed only Magpies, Carrion Crows and Wood Pigeons. Things started to look up as I approached the car park with blue tits and blackbirds being added to the list. There is no doubt this is the best area for birds - there are mature oaks not far away and lots of holly berries on the road approaching the reserve and car park.
No sign of any Lesser Redpolls on the silver birches yet but I did spot a mixed flock of 15 plus Long-Tailed Tits, blue tits galore and even better a pair of Goldcrest ( a new species for the reserve). Got some good views and watched them foraging for ages and was rather annoyed that I hadn't brought the camera with me!