We certainly made the best of the forecast this morning with a vast blue sky and bright sunshine, however the wind picked up throughout the morning and proved to be more of an Achilles heel by the second location as it had driven most of the birds to shelter. The River Soar and surrounding grazing marshes held good numbers and variety including 3 Little Grebe’s on the river itself, several dozen Shoveler and Teal on the flood pools with Wigeon, Gadwall and Tufted Duck all present too. On the larger pools there was a surprise appearance from 3 pairs of Goosander and a fourth male. Good numbers of Reed Bunting were also heard and seen and a lone Grey Wagtail appeared along the edge of the river which was an added treat too.
There was sadly a lot of human activity at Old Bunny Wood with walkers, riders and wood cutting taking place and with the wind becoming quite gusty at times, numbers were disappointingly thin. However a lovely pair of Marsh Tit at close quarters made the trip worthwhile. We also noted the ground was covered with the new shoots of bluebells which will look stunning when they flower over the next few weeks! The day’s tally still reached 41 sightings plus an additional two heard so not bad at all.