I awoke to rain. I decided to stay local and do some patch birding. A curious thing happened, the Sun came out!!
I started at Amwell Gravel Pits. First thing I saw was a Water Rail.
I appreciate this is naff but....
you can see how far away it was!
Lots of ducks (including Goldeneye). No Smew, I presume they were on the second lake which I didn't walk to.
Whilst at the observation platform I saw a Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker and masses of Reed Buntings. And a Cetti's Warbler letting rip!
I then went to the Water Rail Hide. This is set next to a feeding station so....
It does make you realise just how attractive Blue and Great Tits are.
There were lots of Swans on the river.
This youngster decided to sit in a puddle.
Ok naff picture but hey its a Treecreeper!!
So that'll do. A few snaps on the way to the car.
Not Emma the Dog but a cousin!
On to Rye Meads.
Highlights included Green Woodpecker, Green Sandpiper (first of the year!)
It was so nice I stopped at ate my sarnies on a park bench in the sun.
I deleted a lot of pics. I had a few out of focus pics at the feeding station for instance but I am learning the camera. Oh none of these were on fully auto!!