Paid a visit to Venus Pools NR in February to grab some year ticks (Brambling was the target). A single male showed, but always distant and in the shade. I think he was wary of the Sparrowhawk, unfrotunately a Long-Tailed Tit wasn’t so cautious. Sometimes nature can be so cruel, but to witness something so quick and natural at such close quarters was unbelievable. There were 5 of us in the hide, and 5 lenses all pointing at the feeder, the Sparrowhawk was so intent on a meal, he even came back for seconds!
Nuthatch, Great-Spotted Woodpecker (x4), Long-Tailed Tit and plenty of other woodland birds made for a very rewarding day.