With the weather being fine and the fact we had the joy of the super market shop to look forward to we just stayed nice and local and headed for Doxey Marsh near Stafford.
From the car park we could hear Sedge Warbler and even a Grasshopper could be heard calling which I got the briefest of views (but a tick is a tick), as we walked along past Creswell Flash we picked more Sedge Warbler plus a single Common White Throat.
On a train front I managed to pick up 37706 dragging 47760 South and 66425 light engine south.
By the first pool in the main body of the reserve we had Common Tern, Swift and House Martin plus Reed Warbler calling although we never got a glimpse of any birds.
From the Tin hide we noted that the water levels is still quite high and probably explained why we saw no waders around apart from a single Lapwing, in fact there was no much of note at all.
Train wise I saw 90034 in DRS being dragged back down to Willesden, 86501 on a south bound liner and 66129 on a south bound liner.
From where the former viewing platform was we picked up Shelduck and another Lapwing plus a Little Egret took flight.
Just leaving the reserve a final freight was noted in the form of 66708 on a south bound biomass train I am assuming the Ellesmere Port - Ironbridge working.