Had a bit of free time this afternoon so nipped up to Marston to try and catch sight of the Water Rails and the Stonechat. The Water Rails were making an awful lot of noise but not showing at all and I heard but didn’t see the Stonechat. Also heard a Cetti’s Warbler but never saw it. Came to the conclusion it was going to be one of those days! That was confirmed when I got a text from Steve L saying he had just seen a Brambling at Marston and I missed that too!

Spent a bit of time in the hide as the light was fading and managed a few nice shots of a GSW and then went back up to see if the water rails would show as the light fell and bingo, there was one there. Awful light for photography but managed a few half decent shots. I totally get what Nezzy meant about shooting into a dark tunnel!

I have put some better quality pictures on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/96741217@N06/

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Great Spotted Woodpecker