Yesterday after my first visit of the year to Whitlingham Alysia and I headed first to Long Stratton, no sign of any Waxwings there so we continued on to Lynford.
In the car park a flock of around 60 Siskin were in the trees towards the gravel pits.
On the pits themselves a single Drk Goosander, Goldeneye and a few Tufted Ducks. I think the high number of dogs running around were keeping most birds away.
We then walked into the Arboretum, it was very quiet with regards to any calling birds, the first set of feeders were very busy though.
Around 40 Brambling were enjoying the seed and a drink.
Still very quiet by the second set of feeders by the bridge and only a handful of birds collecting food.
No sign of any Hawfinches in the paddock so we headed over the to other bridge, a lovely Little Grebe on the way.
Although the birds were quiet it was very useful to be able to hear the raining of seed husks from the large flock of around 210 silent Siskin above us.
At the second bridge this Treecreeper was moving around and two Crossbill flew over.
We then walked backed to the paddock and got lucky with 6 Hawfinches.
Next stop was Welney in the car park were House and Tree Sparrow, then from the main hide was this beast.
We arrived and the Ring-necked Duck was right in front of us, so great to see it up close.
We then stayed in the hide for the rest of the day watching the Ring-necked Duck amongst the 100's of Pochard.
This Ringed Teal also looked happy.
We stayed for the evening feed to and watched the many Whooper Swans coming in to roost.