The morning started clear, but soon got cloudy.
About 8 or 9 Blackbirds were waiting by the footbridge this morning, probably wondering where the seed was. As soon as I left some, they were back, sorting out their favourites from the mix. The feeders had a few Great Tits on them already, and the Crows were patiently waiting for theirs too.
Feeding done, I quickly walked round the south lake first, checking the reeds for Bitterns; no luck though. The usual ducks and geese about, and a large flock of Lapwing flying overhead, south to north.
Back at the footbridge, most of the seed had been eaten, and quite a few Chaffinches and Reed Buntings about. I topped up with some more, and set off for the north lake.
I just managed to get near the road bridge, and then the Mallards spotted me. They seem to come out of nowhere. Seed for them, then I can make my getaway, to continue round the lake.
At the top end of the lake, a female Goosander was swimming with a few Tufted Ducks and Wigeon; and in the trees, Crows, Magpies and a few Redwing. Two Sparrowhawks lazily flew overhead, unnoticed by the Crows, so they had a hassle free flight for a change.
Back at the footbridge, the seed had almost gone again, and a few Siskin were in the trees, by the feeders. I watched the birds on the bridge for a while, and then made my way home. Work later.
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38