I made an early afternoon visit to the reserve in mild but very windy conditions.
Early signs of spring were evident with both Alder and Hazel showing a good number of catkins while in the undergrowth Lords-and-Ladies were starting to show through the leaf litter.
A bird count at Maple Lodge went as follows;
Little Grebe (6), Grey Heron (adult at last years nest), Mute Swan (2), Canada Goose (1), Gadwall ( 14), Teal (21), Mallard (29), Shoveler Duck (4), Pochard (2), Tufted Duck (32), Red Kite (1), Pheasant (1), Moorhen (13), Coot (26), Black-headed Gull (2), Common Gull (1 over), Feral Rock Dove (2 over), Woodpigeon (9), Ring-necked Parakeet (1), Great-spotted Woodpecker (1), Pied Wagtail (1 over), Wren, Robin, Blackbird (2), Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Siskin (c50).
At Lynsters G.P Cormorant, Great-crested Grebe and 5 Wigeon were present on the water while at the farm 21 Canadian Geese were busily grazing near the Old Uxbridge Road.