The plan today was to arrive at the site in Suffolk at first light and hope the Crossbills were still in the area.
The only problem being the site was locked and not due to open until 9am!
Luckily Lackford Lakes is not far away and we spend a couple of hours passing the time here.
It proves pretty quiet , I managed to miss a fly over Sparrowhawk but did get good views of Water Rail and Muntjac Deer.
Back at the original site we park up and it's not long before 9 Crossbills are seen flying over.
They perch in a nearby tree and eventually drop down to drink from a puddle allowing for a few photos.
A stop off at Lakenheath on the way home, with views of Bearded Tits, Marsh harriers and Kingfisher being the highlights.
A new hide is being erected at Lakenheath "Mere Hide" and it should be ready by Christmas. Situated in among the reedbeds it could produce close views of some of the reedbed specialities.