It was chuckin' it down early this morning, so a leisurely breakfast was had while I waited for the rain to relent.
Eventually I got out around 09:15hrs and headed over to the lakes, on the way I stopped off at the Ashes Lane Fields to count the MEADOW PIPITS, of which there were at least 11 present on the now quagmire like pasture, at one point 4 of them alighted on the strand of barbed wire that stretches along the drainage ditch there, soon to be joined by a ROBIN, a SONGTHRUSH and a couple of LONG TAILED TITS, a strange set of species to be sat side by side I thought :-)
Cutting through the edge of the Wet Woods to get to the lakes, I could hear a TREECREEPER in song, as well as a GOLDCREST, a DUNNOCK and a MISTLETHRUSH, but then the rain came back in with a vengeance, I got soaked, despite finding cover in one of the out buildings by the lakes that were just a few minutes away :-( At least I could scan the water from my position, where I could see a CORMORANT and a GREY HERON, the same species as yesterday, was it worth getting wet for ?
The rain slowed slightly so I made a dash for home, back across the Ashes Lane Fields, where I watched a female SPARROWHAWK fly across and alight in the Wet Woods, then seconds later, first 2 BUZZARDS then a third flew low over.
That was my lot for the morning, I had lost the will to do much more, although I will say, at least the quagmire like conditions underfoot on some of the pasture fields might prove conducive to a wader dropping in, as long as I get out before anyone else!
The weather looks a bit better tomorrow, hopefully I may even get a photo or two!