Arriving at Deer Park Mere at 08.00, I walked the footpath around the Mere and back to the hide. It was much the same bird wise as a couple of days ago, with the female Smew still in residence along with numerous Wigeon and 10+ Goldeneye. The feeders were again productive with Marsh, Willow, Coal and Long-tailed Tits numerous. All 3 Woodpecker species were again recorded on site, with the Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers drumming alongside the mere. The best surprise of the day were 2 Mandarin Duck which were feeding near the island throughout the few hours I spent on site. Mark.