Anyway, the second thing I saw, in the hide, was Greenie, of 'Greenie in the Wild' fame. Who alerted me to the presence of three Little Ringed Plovers which were flitting restlessly between the small windswept islands on the main lake. What they were managing to find to eat out there is beyond me. There were also probably fifteen or more Common Snipe, countless Lapwings, some Teal, a single Shelduck and of course all the other usual suspects including a couple of Egyptian Geese which flew low over the water looking for a landing site and probably wishing they were in Egypt!
The walk from Sutton hide to the Long lake warmed my feet at least, but didn't produce the hoped for Kingfisher picture. Here's a Mallard instead, scant consolation but colourful at least.
On the sheltered path between Long lake and the main lake a few weak rays of sunshine encouraged some tiny flies to take to the air and this in turn attracted a few birds like the Chiffchaff above. One of two who worked their way silently and purposefully along the lake edge, making the most of the meagre rations. Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, a Treecreeper and a small troupe of Long-tailed Tits also joined in.
I chose Willow hide to eat my own meagre rations, watched silently and slightly sinisterly by these five Jays lined up together in the bushes across the water. On the water were the usual noisy Greylags, one of which caught my attention when it decided to have a quick wash and brush up.......
Spruce as a Goose!
Finally, ever wondered what a Long-tailed Tit would look like without a tail? Well here's your answer.