But a nice few hours started in a crisp and sunny search for the GGS near North East Mason Farm. In the words of the legendary Scouse comedian and game show host (no, not Tarby) Les Dennis....(click here).
Nonetheless, seven of these was reasonable compensation:
And in the field between Big Waters and the bridle path, a flock of Greylags accompanied two of these:
Does the difference in the facial pattern signify anything?
Next stop, Arcot. En route back to the car, parked near the Chinese takeaway on the old A1, the small wood was alive with GSW, LTT, Blue Tits, Wren, Blackbirds and Great Tits.
Arcot was quiet, with BHG, Teal, Wigeon, Mute Swan and six Goosander (3M & 3 F):
Two Kingfishers were along Horton Burn and the Grey Wagtail.
After a spot of nurishment and some canine exercise, off to West Hartford, arriving at 2:00 pm with a few spots of rain. One, two then three Short-eared Owls hunted the field to the SW of the flash (where the brick house is), but as the spitting became rain, so the owls were grounded never to be seen again.