This morning Jim woke me at 3 a.m.; he must have known it wasn’t foggy outside.
I tried to ignore him, but by half three I had to get up, and let him outside. No fog.
Maybe I’ll see the gull roost.
I arrived at the lake an hour before the sun was due to rise, but it was so cloudy, and a little windy, it was going to be difficult to see anything. Video at the end.
I made my way round the south lake, to where I thought I’d get a good view. The Blackbirds and Robins were early risers too, singing as I made my way round. I could hear a few gulls in the dark distance, but then realised they seemed to be nearer the edge on the other side of the lake. Quick change of plan, and I breathlessly made my way back round to the other side. A Heron rose up from the reeds, at the side of the lake, scolding me as I passed. Maybe I woke him up?
Passing a lot of Coots and Tufted Duck, I eventually made my way to where I thought the gulls were. Well, they were, sort of; but nearer the side I’d just left. Oh well, never mind. I managed to see through the half-light, and watched as the Black-headed Gulls left the roost. The Lesser Black-backed stayed a while longer, and possibly a few Great Black-backed Gulls there too. Not very good at gull ID, but they looked pretty big, and darker than the others.
A large group of Canada Geese amused me for a while, and another big group of Tufted Duck, Coots and Pochard, down near the far end. About six big groups of Starlings flew overhead; I’m guessing they roost nearby.
I made my way back towards the car park, the idea being to go round the north lake, and finish off with the south lake too. A fair distance, but I tell myself the exercise is good. A Buzzard made his way slowly over the lake, heading south, as I went north.
Pretty much the usual sightings as I carried on; a big group of Long Tailed Tits in the trees by the car park, a few Crows that seem to follow me now, (must be the apples), and even more Tufted Ducks on the water.
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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Total species 29