Yesterday was thick fog, today was a light drizzle of rain, which thankfully stopped by the time I reached the lake. Sun tomorrow?
I left some seed by the car park bridge, and walked part of the north lake. I didn’t have very much time, so I only reached part the way, turned back, and concentrated my efforts by the road bridge.
Did manage to see a male Goldeneye, and 3 female Goosander though, amongst the Tufted Duck, Mallard, Wigeon and Pochard. I reckon a good half of the lake has thawed now, which is good for the birds, but a harder job to see them, because they are so spread out now.
Back at the car park bridge, the seed is a popular attraction. Magpie, Crows, Blue Tit, Great Tit, and Chaffinch were all having a feast.
A good job Tesco have the big bags of seed on offer at the moment.
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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 27