It turns out today was designated by the UN as World Water Day – a title that seems very fitting for today! In birds news there was the first sighting of a little ringed plover today seen from Goosander Hide out on the spit alongside the impressive flock of black-tailed godwits. From the Lapwing Hide a visitor had great views of a kingfisher and 50-60+ sand martins that were there one minute and gone the next! A first for me was a stunning pair of mandarin ducks out on Ivy Lake. The bittern has not been seen all week so it is our suspicion that they have finally left for the summer. Walking around the nature reserve it certainly sounds like spring has arrived however the weather seems to be telling a different story as there was a definite chill on the air toady amongst the heavy downpours!