The habitat is very similiar to Brake Mill Pool/Brake Lane but Ladies Pool is much, much bigger than Brake Mill Pool. I had not realised until seeing a sign displayed that both of the pools are part of 'The Blakedown Valley'. There are/were 30 Pools in Blakedown Valley, according to the display board some have dried out causing problems for wildlife.
On the water were Mallard, Cormorant, Coot and Black-headed Gull. A Kingfisher gave great views as it flew along the water to several perches on the waters edge. We watched the Kingfisher for quite a while, a lovely colourful bird to see on a cold winters day.
Highlight species (including the above mentioned) seen today were : Blue & Great Tit, Robin, Siskin, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird (several), Jay, Fieldfare, Treecreeper, Dunnock. Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Carrion Crow and Jackdaw. Heard only were: Nuthatch, Bullfinch and Redpoll.
A great area that I believe is part of Marks local patch! I will certainly have a stroll around here again in the near future.
Spot the Kingfisher!
Mallards were head bobbing, Spring is not too far away!
On the way back to the car the sight of the balloonists gave an atmospheric view as the sun was setting. I do hope they were well wrapped up!