I knew from other bloggers' reports that I wasn't missing much by not visiting my local patch at all so far this year. But on Sunday the combination of sunshine and a little free time made it seem silly not to go and have a look. All the lakes were, predictably, full to the brim, and the Darent more a torrent than a trickle, but the actual trails were not too muddy. At least, those to the Willow hide weren't, and I didn't venture further than that. I saw very little in the way of exciting birdlife, but the light was nice and the Gadwalls and Greylags were frisky.