The day started stupidly foggy and took ages to clear but despite this it was really good! First hour from dawn was mostly spent listening to varying numbers of Oystercatcher (4+), Fieldfare(2North) and Curlew(1west). As the gloom slowly lifted it revealed 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Snipe. 1st good bird was a Little Ringed Plover on the north bank of the main lake which quickly disappeared. later this bird was relocated on the wetlands with a second bird joining it!
CN had a brief Peregrine fly through the wetlands whilst me and DD had some murky views of the 2nd year Y L Gull again. The number of Chiffchaff and Pied Wags was clearly up with around 20 of each but no hirundines were noted.
With the fog now lifting was finally able to see the reserve lake and i quickly picked up a surprise in the shape of a belting drake Gargeney ! Less than annual here so a great record and quickly seen by the birders on site as it fed and rested in front of the hide. the pics below were taken later in the day by MH - cheers Mick!
Also on the reserve lake was the drake Smew and 4 Shoveler. Back on the wetlands the now semi-resident Green Woodpecker was again showing well on its chosen telegraph pole and c60 Golden Plover were noted whilst DD and DP had an imm Little Gull for a couple of minutes over the mainlake which left high SEast.
Considering the weather a pretty brilliant day made just a liitle sweeter with the news that 'over the hill' they were fog-bound all day !