A Warm Afternoon at Toft Newton

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Yellow Wagtail at Toft Newton.
I had to go to a meeting in Lincoln this morning and on the way back decided to make the most of the spring-like weather by visiting Toft Newton Reservoir near Market Rasen. As well as its water-holding function the reservoir is also a trout fishery and a good spot for bird watching. After eating my lunch in the car park I set off for a walk to see what was about. The first bird I heard was obviously a raptor and looking up was pleased to see a pair of buzzards circling in the sky gradually climbing higher until they were nearly out of sight. There were a lot of coot and tufted duck with quite a few shelduck out on the water. There were also plenty of pied wagtails and meadow pipits but the most pleasing were the yellow wagtails that were about.