A quick visit this morning, because work later, and I also wanted to pay a quick visit to Willen Lake, to see if I could see the Avocet that had been seen there.
I checked on the ‘island’ for any sign of the Common Gull, but nothing. A couple of larger gulls, but not the one I had hoped to see.
As I made my way back towards the footbridge, I heard a sound in the trees above.
Siskins. A small group feeding in the trees for a few minutes; and then they were gone. A lovely chance encounter.
Back at the footbridge, a few Chaffinch and Reed Buntings, along with the tits, and a couple of Mallards.
I walked under the road bridge, and had a quick scan of the lake with binoculars. Black-headed Gulls, Great Crested Grebes, Tufted Ducks and a few Wigeon, and then a couple of Mallard appeared by my feet. I fed those, then decided to make my way back to the car, and head off in search of the Avocet.
As I reached the footbridge, a brief glimpse of the Brambling.
At least he’s still around.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 27