The day was generally mild with the feel of a proper Spring day, unfortunately by the time I made it from work to No.6 tank the wind had increased with a bite to it. Ducks were again present on the open water of No.6 tank with 14 Tufted Duck, 2 drake Pintail, 78 Common Teal and a scattering of Common Shelduck. The roost of 180 Golden Plover attracted with them 4 Ruff and 15 Dunlin.
The mitigation area on No.3 tank attracted 23 Common Snipe, 7 Shoveler, 2 Ruff and 16 Common Teal.
The female Marsh Harrier took me by surprise as it attempted to catch a Little Grebe from the secluded pool below the bank where I was concealed. By the time my cold fingers grasped the shutter button of the camera it was trailing away in the distance.
A minimum of 40 Raven were gorging on the plentiful supply of mutton on offer, and at this rate it will not be far off before their county record numbers are broken again!
A male Stonechat was feeding from the reeds in the south-west corner of No.5 tank and added a splash of much-needed colour.
A Chiffchaff and Goldcrest were calling from the heavily cropped hedges along the tank.
Observer and images: WSM