After Jim had a hearty breakfast of boiled skinless, filleted, chicken breast and boiled rice, and I had toast, I stopped of at the lake on the way to the shops to get more chicken and fish, for the boy.
And it was pouring with rain. Not very good.
I topped up the seed, fed the ducks under the road bridge, then headed of to the shops.
Before I left, I saw a male Goldeneye, and a female Goosander, so a good start.
Shopping done, and a fuss of Jim, I went back to walk round the lake. More seed left at the bridge, before I headed round the north lake. Quite a few gulls, mostly Black-headed, and the odd Common Gull amongst them, and a lot of the lake now thawing.
As I reached the top end, I met Rob, of Birding North Bucks and Beyond, and we had quite a long chat about this and that. We watched a Grey Wagtail for a while, a few Wigeon in the distance, and then we headed off in opposite directions. The rain had stopped too, so I decided on a figure of eight circuit, and take in all the lake, for a change.
A total of four Goosander seen; three females and a male, a Sparrowhawk skimmed over my head, in hot pursuit of something, and lots of birds around at the car park bridge.
A good morning.
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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)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
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 40