Water levels were low although there was still a lot of ice and the exposed mudflats looked to be frozen so it is still clearly a bit early but for each day that passes there should be more and more birds.
|Huge mud flats are exposed at Årnestangen. If it stays like this into May then there will be thousands of ducks and waders here|
There were over 200 Whooper Swans and 100 Mute Swans spread out with the Whooper's giving a fine musical backdrop to the day. Three overflying Skylarks and six Starlings which were already singing were welcome and a pair of displaying Marsh Tits allowed mw to hear the male singing which is not something that I hear often.
Only small numbers of Mallards and Goldeneyes with just a single Teal and 4 Goosander but numbers will soon start building up.
The only raptor was a female Sparrowhawk which was a bit disappointing as I had been hoping for White-tailed Eagle.