Went down to Rye Farm this morning. Felt like spring at last. Spotted a couple of Greenfinch, 20+ Coots, a Song Thrush singing from a tree, 10+ Tufted Ducks and a similar number of Mallards, Robins, Blue Tits and on the far side of the pool Canada Geese, Teal and Greylags. Also Woodpigeon and a Collared Dove. Best of all two Great Crested Grebes; for a moment it looked like they were about to perform but then separated, perhaps when they spotted the “opera” glasses focused on them!

Anthony Fitzgerald, 27th February 2024