A visit to the lake this morning, in search of the female Smew; but no luck for me.
There was also a report yesterday of a Sanderling; but no luck for me again.
I had a quick look on part of the south lake, and found lots of Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard and Pochard swimming around. The gull roost was at full strength, stretching across the lake, a Shoveler and a couple of Little Grebe, near the reeds, and through the binoculars, I picked out the 9 Goosander, up by the rowing club.
Not bad so far.
I moved on to the north lake, and decided to walk round that. A few more gulls had roosted on the ice, along with a couple of Lapwing, and a quick flash of blue, as a Kingfisher shot past.
A pair of Bullfinches in the trees, or what has been left of them, some Redwing, and Blue and Great Tits, and a Song Thrush, tucked inside one of the bushes, sheltering from the cold.
A lot of this part of the lake is still frozen, but the Coots and Tufted Duck, were managing to find some of the available water, along with good numbers of Canada Geese.
Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, were both seen at the very north end, and as I got round by the pub, my friendly Crows had turned up, waiting to be fed.
It was soon time to go, but whilst at work, a text message from local birder Paul, informing me of a Greater Scaup, at the north lake, had me back there this afternoon.
Managed to see her; and what a big girl she is.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 39