Intermittent rain put a bit of a dampener on our walk over the Pitsford Water dam and back from Brixworth Country Park but spirits were soon revived after a hot drink in the café! Birdwise a couple of waders were the highlights, namely a greenshank (pictured) and a ringed plover.
Dotted amongst the hundreds of tufted ducks and coots were a few shoveler, wigeon, gadwall, mallard, pochard and teal with a little egret and a grey heron patrolling the shoreline. On the water side of the dam there were numerous little grebes, far outnumbering their larger cousins the great crested grebes whilst over the other side on the grassy bank a flock of a dozen or so meadow pipits were busy feeding. On the dam itself several pied wagtails were flitting around with a grey wagtail spotted amongst them. Returning over the dam suddenly the sky was filled with house martins – on their way south perhaps?