In the end I spent more time at our 'near woodland' puddle on a table - good fun and a reasonable range of birds. The light can be tricky as in any woodland, and I even tried a bit of flash at times (more practise needed there). The other challenge is lens selection. When the birds vary in size from goldcrest to pheasant there is no halfway house. I tried the 100-400 II, but the bokeh wasn't enough for the woodland background.
Some snaps I haven't posted before below:
The flash does need more work although I quite liked this ghost robin shot.
The weather hasn't added much this year - a couple of snaps in the ice but I think I needed a higher angle to show it better. The woodpecker ignored the thawed area and just pecked and licked the ice.
The treecreeper provided a favourite snap as it hid from a magpie, whilst it was also the subject of the most disappointing - I have snapped one bathing before but this just didn't quite work.
Actually in truth it wasn't the most disappointing - one morning after snapping the woodpecker nest I went to the wood and poked the lens out the window. Seconds later with nothing set up properly I saw my hawfinch - a female in our own little wood - and I duffed the single snap I took!