Monday, 22nd January 2018, 10:45 to 12:30A brief spell of sunshine had cheered the birds up and many were singing as we set off. There are early signs of spring. Snowdrops are out and catkins have appeared. A pair of Magpies were repairing their domed nest in the tree by the path down through the meadow. At first we could only see one Egyptian Goose and we wondered if the other one might be sitting on a nest somewhere. They breed early and nest in trees. It would be good to find it. Later we saw the two together so they are both here. There were fewer Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls on the lake. Two Buzzards were circling to the north. We saw four species of tit during the visit. There were several Goldcrests busy in the yew trees. We had a brief glimpse of a red crest but could not be sure that it was a Firecrest. Some Redwings are still present - and we have had them in our garden too.A full list of the birds seen is given in the Bird Table.