The usual woodland species such as Blue and Great Tits, Chaffinches and Nuthatch fed on the feeders at the Visitor Centre and it was not until we reached the shore area that we began to see lots of wildfowl. Hordes of Mallards with about 50 Teal caught our eye by the first pool and a super male Stonechat cavorted on a nearby fence. Reaching the estuary were soon watching up to 300 Barnacle Geese feeding alongside smaller numbers of Canada Geese.
Eventually we arrived at the new hide overlooking wet meadows and lagoons so we could eat our lunch. The ere large numbers of Mallards again with a few more Teal and a Shoveler and a couple of Wigeon. A large flock of 350 Lapwings were extremely restless and regularly flew round when a hunting Red Kite got too close. Peering out into the gloom of the estuary we picked up a Little Egret, about a dozen Shelduck and a couple of Curlew. Soon the wind got up and we made our way through the woods back to the Visitor centre seeing only a few Reed Buntings on the way. At least we were out and with the bonus of meeting friends old and new.