As well as low water levels, the bird count appeared to be down on previous years (of course one day is not wholly representative). I only had the morning out so did not walk down to the first hide, which is a favourite of mine in the afternoons when the sun swings round to the west.
I did not necessarily expect to see any rarities so to that end I was not too disappointed when I didn't. However it was great to be out on such a beautiful morning with a chance to take a few pictures being a bonus.
Coot were busy with nest building.
A number of lapwing were already hunkered down on their nests while others were feeding.
This pheasant was quite happy being only a few feet from the car, giving me the opportunity for a few portrait shots.
Redhsank were one species where the numbers were noticeable down on previous years. This one was a little disgruntled to have been woken up as I cruised by.
This linnet was collecting dandelion seeds.
I saw at least 8 individual yellow wagtails, all but one of them male.