Deceptive signs of early spring at Stodmarsh - catkins trembling against the blue sky. The pools were, however, frozen.
I was introduced to the ramp rats who were there in force, looking for a reported Pied-Billed Grebe, and within half an hour they had provided me with two lifers - a Mealy Redpoll which dangled obligingly above a footpath with Lesser Redpolls and Siskins, and a Jack Snipe which flushed alongside a dyke.
Much better photos of the Mealy are posted on the KOS Stodmarsh site.
A party of about 20 Long-Tailed Tits looked incongruous on the water-side reeds (pretending to be Bearded or Penduline?)......
...but the only grebes were Great-Crested or Little.Over the reed beds four Marsh Harriers mobbed a Common Buzzard, and later over Grove a pair of harriers courted noisily, the male clearly smaller than the female.