South Lake Hides
A small flock of Knot were on the wader scrape briefly this morning but flew off leaving behind a flock of 135 Black-tailed Godwit huddled up against the driving rain. Also present were 125 Lapwing, 5 Redshank and 40+ Shoveler. The deep lake held a flock of Tufted Duck along with 41 Pochard. Also present were 11 Cormorant, a Grey Heron and a Little Grebe.
The Top New Piece is littered with birds this morning feeding everywhere with the wet ground. Hundreds of Wigeon and Teal were scattered across the field along with 800+ Lapwing, at least 95 Snipe out in the open along with 9 Ruff, 6 Dunlin and 71 Black-tailed Godwit.
Update: The Bittern was seen just before lunchtime today, and then again mid-afternoon but had moved to the Van de Bovenkamp Hide.
The Bottom New Piece was also busy with at least 150 Teal, 400+ Lapwing, 46+ Golden Plover. Several Redshank and Ruff were feedign across the field and more Snipe were hidden amongst the Lapwing around the scrape.