For a change I decided not to take the dog out this evening and instead, made a flask of coffee and headed for the far hide at Coate. On the way to the hide Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, a couple of vocal Song Thrush and two Roe Deer were seen. Some of the birds seen from the hide were Heron, Kingfisher, Gadwall, Mute Swan with two Cygnets, Swift, Swallow, House Martin. There was also a Rat and a Pheasant eating seed that had dropped from the feeders. I am off to London tomorrow afternoon and then on to Norfolk for a week. Although it is a family holiday there is already a bit of birding planned. If I can sort some internet access there will be some posts throughout the week. If not it will be one large post when I return.