Last day at work this week, so another speedy visit. The thaw is on, with much of the lake now free from ice. Good news for the birds that rely on the water to be free of ice, to feed.
No sign of the Scaup today, or the Smew; but then not much sign of anything really. With the snow beginning to go, the fog dropped like a blanket this morning.
Good to see a couple of Kingfishers, but I’m still struggling to get decent pictures.
Lots of Tufted Duck about, with Wigeon, Gadwall and Mallard. A couple of Goosander on the south lake, seen through the binoculars, but I concentrated on the north lake this morning. A Song Thrush foraging amongst the fallen leaves, that were clear of snow, a few members of the Tit family in the bushes, and a couple of Herons around the edge; pleased to see some water I imagine.
My Crows were present, as usual, calling for some food, and the Lapwing was out on some ice that still remained.
A cold, dull, miserable day though; hopefully tomorrow will be better.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 30