Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Very poor conditions on arrival at Draycote Water and while discussing with Dave whether it was worth taking a scope a Brent Goose flew low over the car park heading east which made our mind up for us. The Pink-footed Goose was in fields below the spit before they flew off replaced by a Canada Geese flock which had the Canada x Greylag hybrid but nothing else. We continued to toft shallows picking out the Black-necked Grebe easily enough along toft bank and from the board walk the Water Rail showed reasonably well and only other bird of note was a Chiffchaff at the end of toft bank and a Sparrowhawk. Fog seemed to thicken after chatting with Bob and we failed to see the sailing club well so no chance on the male Smew which was nearby. Did not have time for any other locations this morning but did see the 2 Little Owl at Kites Hardwick.