A pretty dull morning, and quite windy, but I made the effort. Topped up the bridge with seed, fed the Mallards under the road bridge, and then set off.
I walked the north lake first; nothing much of note, apart from the usual ducks. I stopped off by the weir, which was quite a raging torrent this morning, and the river has burst its banks again. I crossed the road bridge, and then went round the south lake. A figure of eight today, for a change.
I stopped to top up the bridge again first though; these Chaffinch and Greenfinch certainly have healthy appetites, and noticed a Sparrowhawk circling overhead. He was probably hoping for an easy meal, but the little birds were staying well hidden in the bushes, till he left.
As I turned the bottom of the south lake, to make my way back, a commotion caught my attention from the reeds. Too late with the camera, but a Goosander had caught what looked like a large Crayfish, and was being dive bombed by a Black-headed Gull, trying to steal it from him. The Goosander made short work of swallowing his breakfast though, and the gull left empty beaked.
Back at the footbridge, I topped up the seed for a third time, (good job I have two sacks of seed being delivered later), and then I made my way to Wilstone Reservoir, at Tring, for a look round.
Thursday 13th from holdingmoments on Vimeo.
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)
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)
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)
Grey Wagtail [cinerea] (Motacilla cinerea 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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38