10 oC ! Mild today, still cloudy and with a slight breeze. Water levels still rising and the mud all but gone from the bund, so wet feet all round for the Lapwings and gulls.
Amazingly the whole reserve was filled with Wigeon, I would estimate 400+, the Near Hide log book says there were around 600 on the 11th! Presume these are some birds from Gayhurst Quarry, perhaps they had a 'shoot' on and these relocated to Linford. Good numbers of Teal, Tufted Duck and a few others species, but I couldn't pick out anything rarer in my brief time in the hide. 6 Grey Herons were dotted about as well. The footpaths nearly came to life with Great and Blue Tit calling from within and the odd Wren making a racket.
Two mounted Police were along Swan's Way and a police car was in the reserve car park. Sue & Steph, the reserve staff, mentioned a missing person has been reported to them since the 9th Jan from the Giffard Park area. There was even a poster on the Near Hide door. Fingers crossed he turns up.