This morning I hoped to improve on the brief (2 to 3 seconds), view I had of the WATER PIPIT yesterday. As I approached the Jetty Mike Campbell was approaching from the car park direction with Ian Williams behind him – David joined us a bit later. Fortunately we were not disappointed, and although it was flighty we did see it well and I got some video footage that should show the bird adequately. Also the Black-necked Grebe was showing well and there was a Dunlin on the spit in front of the jetty and Pintail were scattered around the area as well.
Mike, Ian and I walked round to the hide and the Little Egret as sporadically visible on the creek and a Water Rail was out in the open. On leaving the hide Ian continued round the fields and heard a Brambling flying over as well as Siskin and Lesser Redpoll. We also had a couple of parties of Bullfinch, but didn’t see them well enough to say they were Northern Bullfinch. We also heard a Marsh Tit in the area that the Pied Flycatcher was in earlier this year (Roy Hargreaves)