First Kingfisher of the year
With blue skies forecast, we were out early to make the most of the morning at RSPB Middleton Hall Lakes. It isn't somewhere we often visit but we fancied a decent circular walk within a short drive.
The car park was empty when we arrived so we had the place to ourselves. The walk down through the wood was very muddy but the improved network of paths on the reserves made it pretty easy under foot.
Our first birds were three Goldeneye of the first pool including a stunning drake. Further along the path a Kingfisher flew in and shortly after 2 Egyptain Geese landed in one of the boundary fields.
From the lookout, we got some great views of both Great White & Little Egret and we also observed big numbers of Lapwing, Wigeon, Greylag, Shoveler, Pintail, Goldfinch & Linnet.
After finishing our circuit, we went over to the hall for a coffee where we sat outside. A Kingfisher was feeding in the brook in company of a Pied & Grey Wagtail.