We had been to Marshside only once before on a very cold and windy New Years Day a couple of years ago. A bit of a repeat performance on Monday, it was very windy and probably only just a bit warmer than that New Years Day!
We started off at the Visitor Centre Hide, where the highlight was this Ruff:
We left the visitor centre and went along to the Nels hide in search of Garganey but of those there was no sign, of course others in the hide said that they had seen them.... (Don't believe them!)
Anyway the Shelduck and Tufted Duck came to have their photo's taken;
After this we went on a circulkar walk through the golf course, where we had another 'aahhh' moment with these Greylag families:
So a a nice day, bringing our UK total for the year up to 114. A long way to go yet before reaching last years best of 185, perhaps a trip to Suffolk next week will add to our tally and finally see us seeing a Bearded Tit for the first time. Fingers crossed. (A Dartford Warbler wood be nice too!)