We went yesterday afternoon and saw the hybrid shoveler but not the ring-necked duck. The great black-backed gull was sitting hopefully on the under-water island.
The path from the causeway to lower is still open and we saw a good array of the usuals there – marsh tit, nuthatch included.
After sunset we went and stood on the road just east of the reserve. We had just one woodcock fly out of the wood over to the field before it got too dark to clearly make out the things moving. We also heard at least three separate tawny owls calling.