With us both having a dose of 'man flu' and Reece having a game in the morning we didn't venture out to far and kept pretty much to the shelter of the hides.
There wasn't much different to see from the public hide apart from the great views of Water Rail in front of the hide. Also Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Greylag, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant and Gadwall.
ABOVE WATER RAIL IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC HIDE BELOW MIGRANT HAWKER (THANKS MIKE)
The feeder behind the visitors centre was busy again with Siskin, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue, Great, Coal and Marsh Tit.
REDSHANK ON THE MOVE
Down to the Allens hide to see if we could see the Great White Egret, again it was to far away to photograph viewable only through a scope in a distant field. A Kingfisher flew in front of the hide as we watched a mix of roosting and feeding waders which included c50 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, c50 Black-Tailed Godwit, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, and 1 Curlew. As well as the Great White there were c15 Little Egret scattered mostly in front of the Eric Morecambe hide, 6 eclipse Widgeon and c8 Pied Wagtail feeding on the islands. Raptors included Kestrel, a Peregrine which passed over disturbing all the waders and a Merlin sitting on a distant post. Thanks to the other birders in the hide at the same time who helped to spot most of the difficult birds.
REDSHANK, LAPWING, BLACK-TAILED GODWIT BUT CAN YOU SPOT THE SPOTTED REDSHANK?
GREAT WHITE EGRET WITH LITTLE EGRET COURTESEY OF MIKE FOLEY