I had a chat with Stuart who was on duty who told me that it had been a lovely morning until 10m when the fog set in, and then I set off for Ousefleet. This is the little pond to the right as you enter the reserve.
The path looked as if it was covered in snow.
As I walked through the little piece of woodland before the hide I came across some birders who were watching a chiffchaff. Is this the one that Pete mentions in his blog?
The bird was very active and I found it difficult to get a shot. This is the view from the hide at Ousefleet.
The only bird I saw was a redshank as flew past the hide. I then visited Marshland hide but the view was similar, fog, ice and no birds. So I went straight to Singleton hide where at least there were a few birds. Ten shelduck were feeding on the bits of ice free water. One of them walked onto the ice and we could see its reflection, was it looking at itself?
Visibility was not good. We could only just see the reedbed in front of us and we could not see far to either our left our right, so birds would suddenly appear out of the fog. The fog would lift slightly but then become thick again. Suddenly a marsh harrier flew past from the left hand side.
Wigeon came onto the grass in front of the hide and started to graze.
A pair of teal were stood on the ice at the waters edge.
Three black tailed godwits came onto the grass and joined the wigeon in feeding.
Then a sparrowhawk appeared from the left
All the wigeon, teal and blackwits flew off.
As I left the reserve and reached the next village the visibility suddenly improved.
When I first arrived at the reserve this morning and saw how poor the weather was I did think about returning home, but the day did not turn out too bad after all.
This is probably my last post of 2016, so thank you very much for visiting my blog and I wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful 2017.