Roads are still bad today, and with a day off work, I decided to walk over to the lake.
It’s hard going in the snow, and certainly gets the heart pumping!
Since most of the north lake is frozen, I concentrated my efforts on the south lake, after putting some seed at the car park bridge. This is becoming a great spot now, for Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin, Blue Tit and Great Tits. Plenty of Blackbirds in the trees too.
Under the road bridge is almost all frozen now, except for a small area, where two Mute Swans were sleeping. The south lake was covered in ice too, except for one area by the boat sheds, close to the houses. This was packed with a Shoveler, Tufted Ducks, Swans, three Goldeneye, Little Grebes, Great Crested Grebes, Canada and Greylag Geese, and………two Black Swans! What a treat to see them.
Pair of Goldeneye
I spent a while there, watching the geese leave, and more Tufted Duck arriving. It was quite busy, for such a small area.
Eventually I made my way back to the car park bridge, to top up the seed, before I left, to make my walk home.
And down by another footbridge, I stopped off to watch a couple of Water Rails, as they scurried to and fro on the ice.
Since I’ve been coming here, I’ve got to know quite a few people that walk their dogs, and today, as I was talking to one man, he mentioned he’d just seen a long legged bird, like a Heron, fly from the reeds, and across the lake. This one was a bit smaller though, and brown.
Great news, but a shame I didn’t see it.
No video today. I took some, but YouTube is being a twat again, and blogger is taking too long. It's pissing me off. Dunno why I bother.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 38