A tranquil scene. I wasn't really expecting amazing things today, and I didn't get them... but it has been a while since I visited and it was good to be out enjoying the general greenness and lushness of it all.
On to Willow hide. The water levels were low, with a little exposed mud, apparently not enough to tempt a Green Sandpiper though. A Kingfisher flashed past pretty much the moment I sat down, followed by two more chasing each other in the opposite direction. I was entertained for a while by the antics of half a dozen Moorhen juveniles, two of which climbed up to the top of the taller Kingfisher stick but they weren't fooling me. The lake also held Gadwalls, Tufties and a Grey Heron. I had a strong Water Rail vibe but Water Rails came there none. It was still quite gloomy so no (worthwhile) photos.
I carried on as far as the big field. Things were really quiet. Hardly any birdsong. Gulls are beginning to assemble on West Lake - I scanned for a while in the hope of a Black Tern but again my hopes were dashed. Then I noticed Swifts overhead and the next half an hour was lost as I tried to photograph them.
I returned to Willow hide on the way back, to take a few photos in the improved light.
It was getting alarmingly late by this point - 10am, where had the time gone? and I had work to do at home, so I decided not to continue to Tower hide et al. I did, however, spend a few minutes on the open area near the fishermens' car park, photographing butterflies at the buddleia.