I hadn't intended going out this morning ( having a radio interview at 10.00) but the lure of a patch tick saw me up, dressed and out by 7.00am.
A few cars were in the car park and I met Brian Shreeve and Liz at Reception: they hadn't heard about the GWE and didn't seem that bothered!
I trudged round to Tower Hide alone, picking up Little Egret and Cetti's on the way. The hide was empty and first glance revealed nothing special: the light was still pretty gloomy. Then a movement in front revealed that the Great White Egret was just fifty metres away, standing in a pale patch of water that almost totally concealed it!
Other decent birds included ten Ruff and a couple of Little Egrets. What a terrific welcome back from Devon!