Out with Bob at Draycote Water this morning as the cold wind increased and we did not see much on our walk to toft shallows and before meeting up with the others for my walk to the inlet. A Great-northern Diver was seen in flight and later it was off the valve tower but only giving poor views. At least 2 Chiffchaff were in toft shallows with plenty of others reported later by other observers. A Sparrowhawk and Buzzard were sparring over toft bay and 7 more Buzzards and another Sparrowhawk were seen later while Swallows numbered 150 and Sand Martins 50.
My monthly walk did not produce much but gave those present a chance to enjoy 8 Gadwall, 6 Goldeneye, Little Grebe, Great-crested Grebe and closer views of the hirundines. We managed to get back to the visitors centre before the rain came.