It was a drab sart to the day but the sun came out as we arrived to give superb light. We started our visit in the double decker hide at Ness End Farm. This hide gives excellent views of the lake and reed beds and is perhaps the best for wildfowl, bittern and kingfisher. While we were in the hide, a small party of gadwall came close with goldeneye and other species in the distance. Handsome goldeneye are one of my favourite ducks. They over winter with us and breed in forested areas in Scandinavia and northern Russia in holes in trees, although there is a small breeding population in the far north of Scotland.
From Ness Hide we followed the visitor's trail around the reserve calling in at three other hides. Once on the Humber bank we made our way to the Ropewalk in Barton where we met the ladies for lunch.
- Great Crested Grebe (still in winter plumage)
- Mute swan
- Blue tit
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