It's the first of two days off and I'm out early and on the train again. I purchase my tickets at Nottingham Station and grab a bacon and cheese slice and coffee, as I wait for the clock to tick round to 7am.
I'm soon trundling along the line and alight after a few stops in the company of Norman Hayes, who had jumped on after me. We start birding straight away, listening to Sky Larks and Yellowhammers and I see a crest briefly, as it flies across the path.
We begin scoping the water and count at least 15 Common Snipe around the edge, before Norman picks out the first Black-necked Grebe of the morning. This beautiful and rare breeding bird has established a small population in the county and we're so lucky to have them. I have a go at digiscoping, but it's a lot harder than I thought. I get one record shot, but it's not that good, because of the early light. I'll have to come back at a later time.
As we continue to log the mippits, my friend gets on to a Swallow and we watch it move through the site. This bird certainly lives up to the adage of not making a summer, as my hands begin to feel like I've got frost bite in the bitter winds.
All too soon, I have to walk back to get my train, but pause for a while to watch a pair of Little Ringed Plover. Again, I manage a record shot, before heading back to the station
Little Ringed Plover
Arriving back in Nottingham, I check out the Newton Building and a Peregrine is perched on a ledge. Thinking it's not a day for photos and it's way up high, I simply enjoy the bird, before getting my bus home.