A morning spent round the lake, in the company of the birds, to try and take my mind of the redundancy.
They’re certainly getting through some food at the footbridge, and hopefully I’ll be able to continue feeding them. The Crows and Magpies were down first; a Robin and Blackbird soon joined them at the bird table.
On the bridge, a couple of Mallard that seem to have realised there is food about; Long Tailed Tits, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Chaffinch, are now all regular visitors.
As I left the bridge to walk round the lake, my joy soon turned to dismay. The butchers have returned to wreak more havoc on the shrubs around the lake. Not content with their assault before Christmas, they’ve returned to seemingly wipe out the rest of the greenery. It really is heartbreaking to see.
Nesting sites have been hacked to the ground. When the spring migrants arrive, not only will the food supply be diminished, but now, nowhere to nest. They’re ripping the soul out of the lake.
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)
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)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 34