Spent the afternoon at the Mecca with crofty junior (and banana and walnut cake-quality).
Started at a very slow pace clockwise from the car park around the North Moors trail. A good selection of birds all around the site. In the scrubby areas plenty of common garden birds, plus 2 singing whitethroats, blackcap (2), chiffchaff (2), and two reed warblers sang in the north end blackthorn. All along the trail, reed warblers sang in the reeds, including at least 1 in front of the viewing screens (between 8 and 10 birds in this section of the reserve). Also 2 sedge warblers were seen along the east side of the reed bed. In the south east corner a water rail called.
During a shower I spent a good time motionless just inside the plantation. From here, there were good numbers of young of all the 3 common tits, also at least 1 chaffinch family, several chiffchaff young and 2 males sang. Further into the wood were at least 3 males and several juvenile blackcaps. Also seen was a great spotted woodpecker carrying food as well as plenty of blackbirds, robin and dunnocks. This was certainly the most productive days birder in this area for a good few years. The only way to work it, is to spend a good couple of hours in there at a very slow pace and stand still for a while - the 'northern half is by far the best area. On the water were 2 cormorants and 2 tufted and a common tern fished the pool while a kestrel hovered above the periphery.