Cold, and a couple of times it tried to snow, but despite that, a great morning.
The usual ducks, crammed into the available water that wasn’t frozen, a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher, and an even more fleeting glimpse of a Sparrowhawk, as he shot into some trees along the edge of the lake. Must have had his eye on lunch.
The Crows were hustling for food again, a Shoveler on the north lake, by the pub, and round by Cormorant island, I counted a total of 11 Goosander.
A small flock of Fieldfare in the trees by the weir, and quite a few Long Tailed Tits around. But the real star today, came at the end, and I almost missed it, because I was about to go home.
I wandered back to the footbridge, by the car park, for one last, quick look.
And there, in the brambles, hunting for insects, what I thought was a Goldcrest at first. I took a little bit of video, and tried to get a few shots. (not brilliant, but you can see what it is). And it wasn’t until I looked on the camera, I realised it was Firecrest.
Another first for me at the lake.
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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
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 Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Firecrest [sp] (Regulus ignicapilla)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Total species 33