A quick trip to Macclesfield Forest to try and catch up with the Crossbill. Unfortunatly high up Nr Standing Stone the fog lingered, a small flock of 20+ birds appeared close-by but suddenly changed direction away from a cone filled spruce and we lost them heading back into the dense woodland. No chance of a positive ID but quietly confident that these were indeed Crossbills. We (myself & Chris E) waited for a while longer but the fog thickened, we had little choice but to retreat to lower ground.
Further down the forest the fog dissapeared and the reservoirs have returned to normal heights following the Autumn rain.
Ridgegate reservoirs has now started to attract the first of the winter migrants, 6 Little Grebe and a single male Pochard. Plenty of Coots, Mallards, Cormorants and Tufted Ducks.