In fairness to Marsh Lane the weather was very poor each time I went and these are the only shots I managed.
When I saw this morning the weather was going be to be sunny I shot over to Napton Reservoir for the Bearded Tit reported there the day before.I'd never been before but found the place pretty easily and joined up with a few other birders watching the reedbed. I was lucky and got this shot almost straight away.
If you believe that you'll believe anything.I took that shot a couple of years ago at Cley in Norfolk.At Napton after 90 minutes waiting I never heard the Bearded Tit let alone see it.The reed bed it was supposed to be in was huge and covered several hectares (probably viewable from space) so finding it was going to need a lot of luck.
I then left to have a look at Napton on the Hill another spot I'd not been to.Luckily Keith, who also gave up with the Beardie, kindly showed me round.It was a bit windy by now as we walked from the church to the windmill but we did see a few Fieldfares,a flock of Redwings over,3 Ravens putting on an aerial display and a Common Buzzard.
Had a quick look at Draycote Water but there was very little to see and it was very windy by this time.