Following a morning out I returned home to find an email letting me know about a Ruddy Shelduck at Whitlingham. I considered whether to go and look for it. On one side I hadn't batted an eyelid when two were reported from Marlingford a week or so ago, but once again the "but its on my patch" mentality crept in, so after lunch I went down to Whitlingham again to have a look. Suffice to say it was gone. Birdlife was similar to my previous visit, with the addition of two Goosander, one Oystercatcher and a singing Marsh Tit. I saw the Water Rail again, getting better views as it wasn't dusk!