Still windy, but it didn’t seem quite so bad; until I walked the edge of the lake.
The seed on the bridge goes pretty quick these days, or it might be the wind blowing it away. It’s good to see so many birds taking advantage of it though. Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Reed Bunting, Robin, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock; an impressive list, for a small area.
And of course the Crows take advantage too.
The south lake yielded a female Goosander, along with Tufted Duck, Mallard and Pochard. Good numbers of Greylag and Canada Geese, and plenty of Black-headed Gulls. The Cormorant roost held a big number of birds too, and quite a sight to see them all leave this morning, as they set off for breakfast.
A strange sight was a Buzzard, feeding at the edge of a group of Canada Geese. He was no doubt searching for worms in the grassy bank, and I wondered if he had joined them, to blend in. Similar colour, and size; or maybe I’m totally wrong. When he left them, after seeing me come along, he was quickly mobbed by some gulls, so a possibility.
When I reached the bottom of the south lake, I had a quick look through the railway arch, into the field. The farmer has begun to plough the stubble that was there, and I wondered if a strip around the edge of the field would be left. I hope so, because I heard and saw a sight that always reminds me of when I was a kid.
A Skylark was battling the wind, singing as he climbed skyward. I stood watching through the binoculars, as he got higher and higher, and then he began his descent to the stubble below. Three others were there too. A great sight, and one that always brings a lump to my throat.
Back at the footbridge, the seed had all gone, so more left, before I made my way round the north lake.
The Mallards soon spotted me,
and as I fed them, the Crows flew over, and a large group of Black-headed Gulls joined in the feeding frenzy.
Further along, two more female Goosander were swimming amongst some Wigeon and Tufted Duck, and the path was getting busy with the weekend joggers.
Too busy for me; once I reached the footbridge again, some more seed, and then home.
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Sky Lark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
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)
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 34