Still very windy today, and very dull with light drizzle. Not very good.
The crows were their usual entertaining selves though; burying pieces of biscuit in the ground. I do wonder if they ever remember where they put them though, or if the insects in the ground get a free feast,
The Mallards were not missing a trick either; spotting me as I walked around the lake.
I walked the south lake first, after leaving some seed on the footbridge. The usual Coots, Pochard, swans and geese, and a flock of about 30 Siskin flew overhead, at the bottom end of the lake.
Back at the bridge, I left more seed, and watched the Reed Buntings, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and tits enjoying breakfast. Quite a few Blackbirds there too.
Then it was off round the north lake. More Coots and Pochard, and a few Gadwall; and at the top end, a good number of Wigeon. Also two female Goosander. Haven’t seen any males for a while though.
After feeding the Mallards, and a lone Canada Goose, I made my way back to the footbridge. A bit more seed, and then I decided to go to Stockgrove Park, and see if the Mandarin Ducks were there.
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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 34