Thursday, 20 January 2011
The highlight of a brief visit at lunch time was a single little egret on the lagoon. It is the first I have seen, on the marshes, since the snow. Lots of wigeon and teal on the unfrozen flashes and pools. All the wildfowl seemed very wary but there was no obvious reason. The white-fronted geese were glimpsed, in the place they have recently begun to favour, to the west of the lagoon. I didn't look for the smew but it was not obvious on the lagoon or on the canal (it was on both yesterday at the same time).