Pretty dull this morning, but I made a quick visit round the north lake for a change.
Glad I did. About half is still frozen though, and after topping up the seed at the car park bridge, I headed to top end.
A Heron under the footbridge, in his usual place, a Grey Wagtail, in his usual place, a few Tufted Duck, Wigeon and Mallards, a male Goldeneye, and a female Goosander.
Just as I thought that was it, I caught sight of something else, standing on the ice.
A wader. I managed to get a few pictures before it flew off; it turned out to be a Black-tailed Godwit. Excellent. First one I’ve seen here.
Back to the footbridge, and a quick walk to the south lake. Much more has thawed here, and of course the birds are spread out. another female Goosander though, so she was good to see.
Back at the footbridge I topped up the seed again, and then made my way home, to see Jim
Latest news on Jim; another trip to the vet for a painkilling injection, and to put my own mind at rest. He seems a bit better, had a sleep, some chicken, and now some more sleep.
I’ll catch up with everyone later this evening; I have to get to work now.
Thursday morning from holdingmoments on Vimeo.
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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
Black-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa limosa)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38