Spent pretty much the whole day fencing the soon to be seasonal path near Mockbeggar Lane, as result I did not see much wildlife and encountered few people to hear of things reported. Despite this I do know the Smew was still to be seen on Rockford Lake and there were Bewick's Swans at Harbridge.
At the start of the day there were good numbers of Lesser Redpoll on feeders near the Centre and at least one Brambling was with the Chaffinches. On the lichen heath near the Ivy North hide there was a party of 8 Fallow Deer does and 2 Roe Deer. In the little flood by the hide a Water Rail was running about.
As I locked up at the end of the day the Greenfinch roost in the laurels by the main car park entrance was gathering, with at least 200 birds in the bare twigged sycamore tree. On a cold and breezy Ibsley Water about the only ducks braving the exposed southern area of the lake were Goldeneye and Goosander, somehow they look at home in cold weather when other species look decidedly uncomfortable.
The day ended with snow flurries and brisk easterly, promising perhaps more grey geese, we could do with a few of the Bean Geese that seem to be arriving at various sites, we will see what the weather brings.