Update: sorted video, with a little editing
Two trips to the lake today; enjoyable, but with work in the middle, very tiring.
The early morning sun shone like gold on the water first thing,
the ducks and geese, bathing in its glow. Just before the sun began shining in its glory, I did catch a glimpse of the female Smew, but unfortunately, once the light was better, I couldn’t find her again.
Plenty of Tufted Duck, Pochard, Wigeon, Mallard and Gadwall crammed under the road bridge again though. Canada and Greylag Geese were in good numbers too, and noisily heading to the fields, north of the lake.
I kept to the area under the bridge, for this morning, since most of the birds were there, and the north lake still mostly frozen. All too quickly it was time to leave, and get ready for work.
And after work? Well, still cold, but quite sunny, so a second fix. I stayed till the sun began sinking below the horizon,
casting another orange glow.
I could see plenty more gulls coming in to roost, and a Sparrowhawk did a couple of low flights above the ducks; but they didn’t seem too concerned. A single Lapwing was on the ice, with a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and Black-headed Gulls on the north lake.
And as the light began to fade fast, I decided to head home, for some warmth, and food.
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)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
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)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 38