Some might even say cold, especially today with a stiff northerly wind, the recent dry spell with the wind has started to dry things out at last and it is possible to walk round most of the reserve without needing to wear wellingtons. There were rather few visitors, although perhaps more than I had expected, although most kept up a good pace around the reserve, so they did not stay around for long.
There was a large flock of brent geese on the main marsh all day, although I managed to find only one colour-ringed bird and the usual adult pale-bellied brent, although I had a report of two being seen early in the morning.
Walking round in the morning it was bleak looking down the harbour, although I did see 2 slavonian grebes in Russell’s Lake from The Point.
Although I did not do well looking for colour-ringed brent geese I did rather better with the black-tailed godwits, eight near the Building included two with colour-rings, although I am not certain where there were from I suspect they were ringed locally as a lot have been caught at Farlington and nearby.
I did a second circuit of the reserve after lunch as the tide was falling, a female stonechat was of interest as I have not seen one on the reserve recently and I watched a buzzard hovering into the stiff north wind at the Point. By the Lake outfall a little egret was staring intently into the rocks around the sluice gates, and occasionally grabbing small prey items.
The rather poor light was actually an advantage, in sunshine the plumage is so white that it is almost impossible to get the exposure right and the bird just burns out, this was not such a problem today.