Well I said if the weather was good I'd be paying Summer Leys another visit again, more precise Mary's Lake and a few other spots behind Mary's Lake. Sod's law the day I have blue skies is the day the Red Kites decide not to come close staying on the "other side" of A509, pity too as there were four and a Buzzard was a bonus too, a female Kestrel also present, sadly even though they've been reported I missed out on the Long Tail Ducks, I have a strong feeling they were there too as when I was leaving the site on the far bank I could see one fellow bird photographer trained on something, I couldn't see what thanks to the island in the way....but I got a bonus bird anyway.
I had been trying for some Goldeneye flight shots but they refused to fly.
There were still thousands of Woodpigeons up the back of Mary's too and also a lot of Blackbirds, every other bird was a Blackbird.
I then walked up the railway line towards Wellingborough prison, good call as there was loads of Redwing, Fieldfare, Starlings and yes more Blackbirds but oddly mostly female.
Here's the view of the railway line from the perspective of a 500mm prime lens, hardly ideal for landscapes and you might be able to tell from the images the biggest problem was approaching the birds.