Had plenty of time today, no work to rush back for, so a leisurely stroll, starting at the south lake, for a change.
A few gulls about, leaving the roost, and a couple of Herons disturbed, as I walked the edge. A lot of Little Grebes seen today too; I counted 13 altogether. A large flock of Redwing flew over down at the bottom end of the lake, and there were good numbers of Coots, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and Gadwall, all around the lake.
A Shoveler was down at the bottom end, and a pair of Goosander up by the houses, just past the rowing club. Yea, the boat people were out too, keeping the birds moving. Quite a few Black-headed Gulls round there also.
Onto the north lake, and my Crows were waiting for food, as usual. A few handfuls of seed kept them happy, and the Mallards too. They seem to have latched onto the idea now.
They must think, ‘Oh, here comes that soft touch; food.’
A couple of Lapwing were on the ice, along with a few gulls, and quite a few Tufted Duck this end too. Up on the grass, at the side of the lake, a big party of Wigeon were grazing, and more Canada Geese as well.
It was a chilly morning, a little mist in the air, but very enjoyable.
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)
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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36