I walked on to Willow hide, disturbing frisky pairs of Robins, Dunnocks and Blackbirds along the way. It was all a bit embarrassing. There was much birdsong to enjoy, and I did hear a Chiffchaff call (not sing) though there's no way to know if it was an overwinterer or a newly arrived migrant.
What else was here? A few Teals and Shovelers, a Cormorant. No sign of the Great Crested Grebes that have at least attempted to breed on this lake before. A Jay and a few Stock Doves went over.
At Long Lake I saw a Kingfisher streak across the back of the water then land in a tree, sadly too far away to be anything but a fuzzy blue speck in my photos.
I went on to Tyler hide after this, and settled in the top corner. There were gulls aplenty to sort through, but I couldn't find any contenders for the third-winter Caspian reported recently.
Just trying something here: