An afternoon at Cresswell Pond today produced a good mix of ducks and waders, but we did not see the Bittern reported earlier in the day.
Waders included about fifty each of Redshank, Dunlin and Knot, over 140 Lapwings and twenty or so Curlews.
I did not count the Wigeon, but there were lots. Quite a few Teal, Shelduck and Mallards, no sign of Tufties, Shoveller, Gadwall or Pintail. A single female Goldeneye was joined briefly mid pond by a pair of RB Mergansers, that left as rapidly as they arrived.
Four Buzzards circled around Druridge Pools and Cresswell and a mixed flock of Grey Lag and Canada Geese occupied the field behind the pond.
On several occasions the waders took flight, but in spite of seeing a Sprawk high over the dunes on arrival, there was no preditor in evidence. Perhaps it was just Spring friskyness. Excellent views of the Knot as they wheeled around and landed on the mud spit.
Not long now before Swallows and Martins will be back over the pond.