Certainly not as bad as the previous days forecast suggested, so armed with the thought that there's no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing I set off for another look around the patch and reiterating the words of my last post the day provided some good winter birding.
Two unexpected species vied for top billing with a good supporting cast.
Mediterranean Gull A 2nd-winter individual on Castle Lake in with a group of 30-40 Black-headed Gulls.
Black-tailed Godwit A single bird flew out from behind the main Castle Lake island, probably enticed out by some nearby curlew, had a bath, preen and a bit scratch before flying back from whence it came. Too distant for a photo. Prior to today there has never been a sighting of Black-tailed Godwit here between January to March.
A good supporting cast included;
Goldeneye Another increase with 13 present today including the two drakes still.
Goosander A pair copulating.
Great Crested Grebe The first returning bird of the year.
Little Egret Still at least one in the area, favouring the A1 flashes.
Oystercatcher Four on Castle Lake with another six on the flashes.
Golden Plover Two hundred at Low Hardwick.
Lapwing circa six hundred at Low Hardwick.
Redshank 17 together on the flooded field south of Alan's Pool.
Best of the extras included Shelduck, Buzzard, Snipe, Willow Tit, Treecreeper, Tree Sparrow and Bullfinch.
Finally a big thanks to the hide repair team :-)