after it had flown past several teal flew from the direction of the grazing marsh. I then suddenly saw that a sparrow hawk had landed a few yards away in front of the hide. I think that it must have heard the noise from my camera as it suddenly flew away.
On my way to Marshland hide I saw a flock of about 400 lapwings and golden plover in the field next to the path.
From the hide at Marshland I could see a shelduck and a little egret.
There was a disturbance and the lapwings from the field flew over the lagoon
this spooked the egret which flew off.
There were no birds to be seen from either Xerox, First or Townend hides so I walked on to Singleton. Here I could see 7 shelducks and a young mute swan.
A robin perched on the reeds along the ditch.
A marsh harrier was perched in a bush on the opposite end of the lagoon.
A buzzard perched in a bush on the left hand side of the lagoon
The buzzard then flew across the lagoon and landed in another bush
The marsh harrier flew from its bush and chased the buzzard away. It was now time to go and collect the logs. On the way home I called in at North Duffield Carrs and I was surprised to see some water on the reserve and in the field next to the river. Like Blacktoft the water was frozen and there were not many birds about.
A pair of mute swans were in front of Garganey hide. As I walked back to the car park I saw them fly to the river where they landed next to a family of mute swans, but as you can see from the picture one of the swans was not happy that they landed close to their three young and started to chase the birds away.