Quite a frost this morning, and very cold.
I got to the gull roost about 6:45 a.m., and watched the hundreds that were there for a while. Very vocal they were too; and as I made my way back towards the north lake, a Little Egret flew onto the island used by the Cormorants. A good start to the day.
A pair of Bullfinches in what bushes are left, by the car park, and by the road bridge, in the reeds, a couple of Little Grebe again. Plenty of Tufted Duck, with the Mallard, and a few Swans, and a couple of Crows flew down, thinking I had food again. They’re getting rather tame, and quite bold.
A quick glimpse of a Kingfisher was a welcome sight; I’d not seen one for a while, and a few Wood Pigeons were flying overhead. I made my way to where the Goldeneye was yesterday, and sure enough, he was still there.
Watched him for a while, and then carried on round the lake. Canada Geese and Cormorants were up by the weir end, along with some Wigeon and Gadwall.
And something bigger! A look through the binoculars confirmed what I thought it was; a male Goosander. I watched him for ages, then he decided it was time for breakfast, and caught a fish. Great to watch.
I watched a while longer, and sent a text to a friend, so he could get the news out to fellow birders. What a great morning this was turning out to be.
A Sparrowhawk flew overhead, and a few Redwing landed in some trees.
Onward towards the south lake, stopping off briefly by the pub, to feed some ducks, gulls, and my friendly Crows.
An excellent morning.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 41
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