The second 'first' for the bird table was a Great Spotted Woodpecker....never in 28 years have we had a GSW on our fat balls! It is not a beach bird!
As it was an unusually calm, windless morning I decided to set out to the North Wall and by 7.30 was at the Salt House. Reed and Sedge Warblers were very active but with the water level still quite high, there were no waders.
A young Little Grebe was in the rife being fed by its parent, a Mallard with youngsters, a few coot, a Great Crested Grebe and Tufted Ducks but little else on Breech Pool except a Common Tern on its now usual fence post.
|Young Little Grebe in the rife|
Further along the Little Egrets were gurgling in the hawthorns and a Skylark flew into the long grassy field of Halsey Farm. I returned to the seat by the salt house having seen only one other person and for a few moments enjoyed the peace and quiet whilst a Goldcrest fed above me in the sycamore tree and a Greenfinch gathered feathers for its nest.
It sounds blissful, does it not!