I make my way through the village and once on the reserve I connect with a Cetti's Warbler, which is singing near Tween pond viewing screen in the half light.
Making my way around Clifton Pit, I soon begin to add more year ticks, with Little Grebe, Goldeneye and Wigeon under my belt.
A Blue Tit near the wet marsh is doing its best to sound like a Willow Tit, as a few Fieldfares fly downstream.
I hear another Cetti's and check out main pond, but it's remarkably quiet. There's some activity on the Delta bird table, including a nice male Bullfinch that I fail to photograph.
On works pit, I get five Goosanders and a drake and juvenile Shelduck - another new one for the year, but there's no exposed mud for the anticipated Lapwings.
With one eye on the clock I press on to the reserve centre and fail to see the Mandarin. Checking Tween pond again and missing Kingfisher, I get the bonus of a perched up Common Buzzard, although with the light all wrong it's a poor record shot, but a nice bird all the same.