20th March. Alone Again

From the weather forecast Saturday looked promising and had it been mid-April a pre dawn raid on Orgreave, would have been necessary in order to get in place before the dog walkers and 'other' birdwatchers arrived. This however was still March and the only likely species would be a few early migrants at best. Sure enough halfway round I picked up my first Little Ringed Plovers of the year followed immediately another. A newly exposed bit of mud on the smaller pool held three Dunlin which was briefly exciting and a sign that at least birds were moving, so four Sand Martins over were hardly surprising. The rest of my two and half hours visit was quiet but I never set eyes on another living sole - bliss!

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