Jet duly picked up, we parked the car by Littlecoates Church and headed off down the Freshney with hopes of kingfisher and chiffchaff. I was to be disappointed with the lack of kingfisher but a chiffchaff turned up trumps, although it was not in the mood for singing. I am sure as well that, out beyond, the fishing pond I heard a snatch of cetti's warbler singing. I do know that there are several singing males along here. There was plenty of bird life; water is always a draw for wildlife. Several little egrets were seen and a buzzard, perched majestically high in a tree and later soaring over the golf course. Perhaps the highlight of the day, though was the excellent views we had of a water vole just before getting back to the car. This is a walk I must do again.