It was great to see the Crane unobscured by the willows and at much closer range. My sister twitched it and we had an enjoyable evening sitting in Tower Hide. There is still a big flock of Blackwits here plus 17 Ruff, a few Dunlins and Golden Plovers. My first Swallow of the year cruised north along the canal into a bitter wind; tough little bird. A Garganey was tucked up asleep on the far edge with a few other ducks. Not a bad way to start Friday evening!