The water levels at Wilstone were the lowest I had ever seen it during my six and a half years living in Tring, a little surprising considering the amount of rainfall that other parts of the country are continuing to experience. A crazy situation.
Best was a 1st winter Scaup on Startops that appears to be developing nicely into adulthood. A female Red-Crested Pochard roosted on the bank of the island at Wilstone where a pair of Goldeneye were present along with eight Golden Plover in with the Lapwing, a flyover Buzzard and Red Kite. Two Chinese Water Deer were the first I had ever seen there.
In the hope of seeing the Bittern, two Snipe were perched at the base of the reedbed at Marsworth, a few Water Rail were squealing from either end of the reservoir, with a vocal Cetti's Warbler present along with a patient Kingfisher perched within the reeds.