Eleven members braved flooded roads and an indifferent weather forecast to walk around Frensham Great Pond.
A red kite soaring over the car park was a good start while the water held the usual array of tufted ducks, pochards, mallards and great crested grebes. There was a regular smattering of tits and robins accompanying our progress. A drake goosander was a cheering surprise on the outlet pond which was otherwise quiet. The highlight was a firecrest flitting close to us for a couple of minutes and clearly displaying its white supercilium and fiery crest in the gloom.
We should then have quit while we were ahead and headed for the cars. Instead we completed the circuit in increasingly heavy rain adding only a great spotted woodpecker to our sightings. Our spirits though remained buoyed by the firecrest.
Birds identified totalled 29.