On the patch most moved on in January, but 1 has lingered at H'ton Gate area.
A drake Gadwall looked a bit out of place here - no emergent vegetation whatsoever - its looking like only the second record.
Bumped into DavidG, & swapped a few bits of info - What you get off a man in the field bares no resemblance to what he types on the internet.
Having said that, I don't meet many birders when i'm ut as I keep off the beaten track - but the ones I do, don't have much affinity with nor praise for the County Bird Club - which is a crying shame.
Over a Seaton this morning, the only signs of Spring were a White Wagtail & 2 Sand Martins which went through north.
Pairs of Skylarks were prominent, with 18 pr Lapwing - many nest scraping now, a dozen Snipe & I watched a decent flock of 40 Yellowhammer feeding, drinking & bathing.
An easy mornings "drive-by birding session" for a change.