Lade - 0900hrs - dry, mild, hazy sunshine, S1 - A red letter day on the local patch when I was alerted to a soaring raptor by the local Herring Gull mob. A stunning Red Kite passed directly overhead (camera at home, argh!) before drifting over towards the airport where it was seen by Marshman (trying to find something on my patch no doubt...) and later from the ARC car park. Drake Smew on the lake and two calling Med Gulls over, plus a singing Chiff in the willows.
RSPB - 1330hrs - Year ticked a quality drake Garganey from the visitors centre on Burrowes, as opposed to a plastic Egyptian Goose. The place was packed, just think of the business a cafe would do on a day like today... Wheatear, Black Redstart and Firecrest also on the reserve. Over the road a few Smew, Goldeneye, Black-necked and Slav Grebes. No sign of the Penduline Tit.