As we were quite late getting out we decided to head straight for the hide and a welcome cup of coffee as being New Year we didn't know what time the hide might shut. It was also a chance to try out my new camera, a Nikon D5300. This is a replacement for my D3200 that has given up the ghost (again!!) I decided it wasn't cost effective to get it repaired and I got a great deal on a D5300. Anyway enough of that.
So what was about for our short visit, firstly a large number of Goosander were about, which was very nice:
Shovelers are always nice to see and added to the 2016 scoreboard:
So our starting list for 2016 at the valley was:
|Great Crested Grebe|
|Greater Canada Goose|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull|