The first bird walk of the spring was well attended, thanks to those who took part.
The usual route clockwise around the estate starting at Coppice Pond was taken.
A pair of Tufted Duck on Coppice Pond were an early highlight.
Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard throughout and along the trail in Cuckoos Nest Wood the yaffle of a Green Woodpecker briefly broke the dawn chorus.
Chiffchaff and Song Thrush were largely absent though females of both were seen collecting nest material.
Coal Tits were very vocal in the conifer woodlands. Nuthatch were likewise in the oak trees.
Blackcaps have returned in decent numbers to Cuckoos Nest.
A pair of Little Owls were observed in their "usual" haunt.
A female Sparrowhawk was seen circling over the lower woodland edge.