enjoying the free food around the visitor centre was all the usual wildfowl, including the resident Ruddy Shelduck and a surprise for me, a White-cheeked Pintail, a lifer for me!
On the scrapes on tween pond were loads of gulls, as well as 10 Lapwing, a couple of Shelduck and a Grey Heron.
Spent some time watching the feeders from the Kingfisher hide, which were being frequented by large numbers of Great Tits, Dunnocks, Robins and a couple of Chaffinches. The best bit though were the group of around 10 Tree Sparrows, a locally and nationally rare species, and seeing all the birds scatter as a male Sparrowhawk raced out of the bushes to launch a failed attack.
Other birds seen on the way round the reserve were a lot of winter wildfowl - Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon and Pochard. The ever-tranquil Delta hide held many of these birds, as well as a Little Grebe.
On the cricket pitch just outside the reserve were a flock of around 50 Goldfinch, making a racket in the hedgerows, and around 30 Redwing and a single Mistle Thrush. There were also a large number of G0osander in various locations across the reserve.