Lade - warm, dry, sunny, light airs - Having been away at the weekend it felt good to be out and about around the local patch this morning in glorious spring-like weather conditions. By midday a heat haze had developed over the Desert which encouraged several Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk to soar skywards on the thermals. Mockmill Sewer attract a few Stonechats, Mipits, Skylarks and Reed Buntings, plus a flock of 200 Stock Doves on the fields towards the airport and ringtail Hen Harrier.
On the water a Slavonian Grebe remained on south lake, but most of the Goldeneyes and Smew from last week had departed. Two Great White Egrets looked at home in the reedbed and flying over the willow swamp calling raising hopes for future breeding this spring. Also noted in the willows, Cetti`s Warbler, Chiffchaff and calling Water Rails.