The morning started dull and wet, and didn’t improve.
Joggers, boats, bikes and walkers; it’s a wonder there were any birds.
Four Goosander though, and I managed to capture most of the Great Crested Grebes weed dance on video.
I set off round the south lake first, for a change, after putting some seed on the bridge.
First female Goosander spotted, along with lots of Tufted Duck, Coots, Mallards and some boats, getting ready to venture out.
I stopped at the bottom of the south lake, and watched as two Great Crested Grebes began their courtship, and weed dance. Spring can’t be far away now, with the Mallards at it, and the Grebes getting all romantic.
A couple of Sparrowhawks flying overhead, and a group of Canada Geese grazing on the west shore kept me entertained; and then two more female Goosanders.
Onto the north lake, with more Coots, Pochard, Wigeon, and yet another female Goosander. Don’t know where the males have gone, but plenty of females here.
Two more Grebes were indulging in some head shaking, and I managed to get a good view of a Green Woodpecker; before he realised I was watching him.
Back at the footbridge, I topped up the seed again, and watched the Chaffinches and Reed Buntings enjoying breakfast.
More joggers were appearing now, along with some walkers and one or two bikes, so I decided it was time for me to leave.
An enjoyable morning though, despite the weather and the people.
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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 37