Undoubtedly the star of Caldecotte Lake at the moment, is the Great Northern Diver.
A celebrity like this, certainly brings the twitchers out of the woodwork. I've never seen so many binocular/camera carrying folk in a morning. I suppose once the novelty wears off, they'll all disappear back whence they came.
Up in the tree tops, a group of about 30 Siskin briefly dropped in, before making their way further north.
Moving on from the Great Northern Diver, I made my way up to the top end of the north lake. Thankfully the water level hasn't gone down anymore, so I guess we just have to wait for a hefty downpour of rain for a few weeks, to bring the levels back up.
A quick fly by of a Sparrowhawk, before he descended in a hurry into some trees. He must have spotted breakfast.
By the weir, a Kingfisher sat in a bush, and then made his break across the lake.
Swimming around with the Gadwall and Wigeon, was a male Shoveler, in fine plumage. A Little Grebe was harassed every time he surfaced, by a Black-headed Gull. I guess the gull thought he had a fish every time he surfaced.
On the steps, a Grey Wagtail was foraging, but was soon chased off by a Robin.
The morning had promise of some finer weather as I made my way round the south lake; shame it didn't happen though.
The new wader scrape, thanks to the water loss, still holds some great promise; although it's mostly attracted Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls at the moment.
One jewel amongst them all, was a very distant Water Rail.
The lower water level has forced him to come out into the open a bit, and away from the shelter of the reeds.
Back at the car park, a quick check on the feeders, found this.
So much for the chilli powder, that is supposed to deter these little buggers. He was positively revelling in it.
Hoping for a brief bit of sun, I made my way round to where the celebrity was, but the promise of sun soon turned to hefty shower.
I did bump into Trevor though, of Three CountiesHerald.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
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)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 39