My 2012 year list got underway at Carsington Water this morning.
A very grey and overcast morning and later heavy rain put paid to the day. We ended on 70 species with highlights being the adult winter Great Northern Diver at Carsington along with a Redshank & a pair of Pintail; 6 Goldeneye; drake Goosander; 37 Golden Plover; Lesser Redpoll; Tree Sparrow and plenty of common birds. The water levels here are incredibly low and it will take months to restore water levels back to normal.
At Willington Gravel Pits early afternoon – Little Egret; Shoveler; Shelduck; Common Snipe & Water Rail were highlights.
So Year List stands at 70.