Work trip to Ripon City Quarry yesterday, to look at some restoration works and boundary issues. The weather was dreadfully cold and wet, as the 'Mini Beast from the East' started blowing in. Nevertheless, the hardy shapes of two Sand Martins fluttered low across Canal Field lagoon and nearby, a single Little Ringed Plover hunkered down on the Silt Lake, heralding the spring. Also seen, were two Green Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover, two Dunlins, c30 Tufted Ducks and five Teal. Adam, the quarry manager reported an Avocet on the Silt Lake a couple of weeks ago.