Having left home at 6.30, we arrived at Startop's End Reservoir at first light. We climbed the steps and were immediately hit by gale force winds blowing straight across the waters surface. Heading towards the hide for some shelter the 1st winter drake Scaup was spotted among a small group of Tufted Ducks. A scan from the hide failed to find any Red-Crested Pochard and trips to Wilstone Reservoir and College Lakes both relatively close by would also fail to produce sightings.
Making our way along the A41 a single Red Kite was spotted soaring high above the tree tops. Lemsford Springs is a small Nature Reserve with shallow lagoons. It's a reliable site for Green Sandpipers, and it didn't disappoint again today. At least three individuals were seen feeding among the watercress beds.