With the promise of sunshine, it looked set to be a good day.
And it was.
The Crows soon demolished the biscuits and bread at the bird table,
and the smaller birds didn’t waste any time coming down to the footbridge, for theirs. And there amongst the Reed Buntings, the tits, and the Chaffinch………….a single Brambling. I managed some quick video, and a couple of shots, before he left; but my excitement got the better of me, and the video isn’t focused very well, and a very poor picture.
But it was there; a first here, for me.
I carried on round the north lake, and saw a Kingfisher fly across a stretch of water, that used to be a regular haunt of his. The first one I’ve seen here since before the freeze set in at Christmas. Another great sight. I hope he manages to find himself a mate, and we can enjoy the electric blue flashes across the lake once again.
The rest was the usual sightings; Mallards, Swans, Tufted Duck, and Wigeon, with the added bonus of sunshine.
Back at the footbridge, I spent some time photographing the visitors to the seed, and then, unfortunately, had to leave.
Bills to pay, and work later; but what an excellent morning.
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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 29