Near-neighbours and birding chums Brian and Anne Shreeve dropped in to visit this afternoon. We had a good old 'mardle' and a couple of hours flew by! This lovely couple have a super house and grounds at the eastern end of the village, and have a formidable garden list - including Kingfisher! Like me, they spend a fair amount of time at the Fen and around the Heath and it's always fun to swap birding anecdotes and pass on new discoveries. Today they'd been at Strumpshaw from very early and had been rewarded by close views of a Water Pipit right in front of Fen Hide, skittering about on the frozen pool.
I have been very touched to realise what a supportive and concerned group the Strumpshaw regulars are!