It was a tadge cold but the skies were blue and off I headed to Lackford Lakes. Lackford is a Suffolk Wildlife Trust to the North West of Bury St Edmunds, I rather like it especially in summer. I haven't been in ages.
Some nice birds by the visitors centre, Coal and Marsh Tit and a small flock of Redpoll. There were some Goldenye and a Pintail amongst the commoner ducks on the lake and a few Lapwing.
It's that quiet time of year bird wise winters heading off whilst the summer migrants have yet to make it.
I headed off to the Steggles Hide the furthest on the reserve. On the way were Goldfinch, Treecreeper and a Great Spot Woody (heard a Green).
Steggles hide was where I looked at my watch on the 19th April 2003 and realised it was a year since I had been made redundant. The idea that I would have been looking at gulls would have been ridiculous a year earlier. Today I dug out a Common Gull and two Oystercatcher before something brown flew in ..... BITTERN. Nice!! The obligatory text to the Blonde One.
As I headed back to the visitors centre this chap appeared. Couldn't get a clear shot.
At the visitors centre I went to the "Tree Sparrow feeders". Dunnock, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting but no Tree Sparrows but after five minutes 4 turned up.
So on to Ickworth House, you'll see a lot of this in trips with Dad no doubt!!
I've never been to Ickworth this early and was surprised to see so many winter flowers - loads of Snowdrops. The daffs are way behind so hopefully will be in full bloom for Easter.