Working an early shift doesn’t give me very much time to go round the lake; with things to do after work, cook a dinner, sort Jim out…….yea, yea, put the violins away, I’m not after sympathy; it’s just that time is of an essence.
But, the sun was shining, so sod everything else; I popped over the lake for an hour.
Seed on the bridge, I just ventured under the road bridge, and fed the ducks; and the gulls.
The Black-headed Gulls are getting as wise as the Mallards. They know when food is about.
A few geese joined the ducks too.
Tufted Duck and Wigeon were out on the water, Cormorant were going about their business, and some of the swans were exerting their authority.
Back at the footbridge, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting and Bullfinch were about; and a nice bonus of a few Siskin.
Not had time to process all the pictures, and no time to do a video, but a great way to unwind after work, in the sun.
And another bonus on the way home; a dozen Waxwings high in the trees.
Time for dinner now.
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)
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 Gull (Larus canus canus)
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 27