I had a few hours to spare so decided on a trip to North Cave Wetlands to see what had changed since my last visit during a particularly hard frost. This time there were quite a lot of different species and in particular it was great to see a female Smew, a first for me.
There were plenty of Shelduck, the most I have seen together in one group
A pair of Great Crested Grebes were showing plenty of interest in each other
A female Smew all on her own!
Kestrel perched waiting and watching for lunch
Lapwing in a field next to the reserve all busily feeding
Teal with the colours showing up great in the sunshine
It was nice to see a Sparrowhawk hunting in the distance
I even got a distant viewing of a Barn Owl sitting it out waiting for dusk, shame it wasn't a bit closer though
View towards turret hide
Greylag just coming in to land