Jim woke me at 3 a.m. this morning, so that was it; up early. It was cold, and cloudy, and by 5 a.m. a light dusting of snow.
A lot of Tufted Duck and Coot about this morning, and as I made my way round the lake, a total of four Kingfishers were seen today. A lot of the lake is starting to freeze over in places; something I’ve never noticed so early in the winter before.
A quick flash of a Snipe today; (they sometimes lurk at the north end, round the edges), and a few small flocks of Redwing, raiding the berries in the bushes, much to the annoyance of the Blackbirds.
And the boat people were about, putting a few of the ducks into the air. Must have been too cold for them today though, because they didn’t seem to be rowing for very long.
But it was the south lake today, which held the biggest surprises. Two Goldeneye, and three Teal. The first time I have ever seen Teal here.
A lone Shoveler, a couple of Little Grebe, half a dozen Pochard, and a few Tufted Duck, made up the numbers at the very end of the lake.
Walking round by the trees, I found a small group of Fieldfare with some Redwing, gorging on the berries; and another surprise was a flock of about 50 Siskins, that landed in the Alders.
Siskin, taken under nightmare conditions.
Despite the cold, and the boats, a good morning. Two part video today; yea, sorry, I got carried away.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Total species 35