A Barn Owl and Kestrel were hunting the reed bed towards the back of the marsh.
This guy was laying on the verge near where I parked the car; sadly an all too brief 2011 for him.
Surlingham as usual threw up some good birds. A Coal Tit greeted me, singing from the churchyard. Looking out to the Wood's End marsh, In amongst 81 Lapwing, was a new patch bird- 9 Golden Plover! Having seen Lapwing here before, I should have expected a Goldie at some point really, but a nice suprise nonetheless. Another Barn Owl was hunting here.
I counted 30 species but by now this was a little late in the day, many of the smaller birds were settling down for the night. Still, a good start to the year and chuffed with my GP.
The lagoon still won't thaw!