A late and fairly brief visit, my first since returning from Poland. A grey and hazy morning produced little of note, until I located a female Red-crested Pochard on Bramley Park Lake, with a small flock of Mallards. Presumably, this is the female who was present on and off from November until February. Her whereabouts in the intervening time is mysterious to say the least. Sightings of note are as follows:
Mill Pond: 1 Gadwall (♂), 6 Mute Swans, 2 Grey Wagtails (♂♀) and 4 Tufted Ducks (♂♀♂♀).
Thorncombe Street - Allden's Hill: 1 Cuckoo (♂), 1 Cormorant N, 1 Raven, 2 Red Kites, 1 Buzzard, 5 Red-legged Partridges, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff.
Birtley House Pond: 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff.
Bramley Park Lake: 1 Red-crested Pochard (♀), 2 Tufted Ducks (♂♀) and 1 Grey Wagtail.