Though cloudy at first, the sun soon broke through and with a very light southerly, the temperatures reached spring-like levels.
The first new bird for the year was a Jay. How we have managed to birdwatch here for two months without recording one is something of a mystery. Anyway with that one in the bank, we strolled towards the pools with a spring in our steps. There was plenty evidence of movement with a small flock of Fieldfares and Redwings flying north, while all morning flocks of Starlings (the total reached 140) did likewise. A single Green Sandpiper flew from the direction of the Flash Field.
At the Flash field we quickly established that a pair of Shelducks was present. At least one has been here off and on for the last fortnight, but this is the first time our visit has coincided with the species being here. At the gate, Dave pointed out a Little Owl back in its usual tree.