On an earlier lunch slot today and not helped by it raining until the last 15 minutes of it. So I stayed closer to the car today - well actually in it, until the last stop.
First up CMK and the wasteland opposite Argos. One Common Gull and lots of Black-headed on the wet section. 10+ Magpies all of note on the scrubby area.
Then onto Furzton Lake, my first visit of the year, 3 Grey Herons, 3 Lapwing (the only waders), 1 Lesser Black-backed, 13 Common Gulls and numerous Black Headed Gulls, 2 Cormorants with very white heads looked pretty weird. Hardly any Great Crested Grebes and only Mallards the ducks of note.
Last stop with the rain finally easing. I pulled into Teardrop Lakes near Knowhill. Hoping the numerous Alders might hold some Siskins or Redpolls, but no joy. Very quiet except for my first singing Song Thrush of the year. Has anyone else heard one this year? I normally hear one in Shenley Wood from first light around now, but not so far.