This was a good job because an hour's stay in the Steetly hide was dire with only a couple of Moorhens there.Things went further downhill when I saw that there were about a dozen volunteers on the East Marsh islands all armed with strimmers stripping the vegetation.
Luckily the Teal pool did have a bit of action.The 4 Green Sandpipers and a couple of Common Snipe were showing a bit distant but nice to see.A bit of a bonus was when a Muntjac showed for a while.
The Carlton hide was also very dire with only a couple of Coots showing.Only one other birder came in the hide and he cracked after 10 minutes and left after a very loud sigh.However just as I started to eat lunch a Jay dropped into the bushes to the left of the hide.Dropping everything I managed a few shots which pleased me no end as I struggle to get close to these chaps.
The only other bird I saw whilst in the Carlton hide was a distant Blackcap which I think is a juvenile rather than a female.
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