Like the title says, and dull and dark with it.
A light drizzle most of the morning. The sort that doesn't look much, until you realise you're soaked. 'Orrible weather.
The footbridge was very busy this morning; plenty of Chaffinches about, along with some Reed Buntings, Dunnocks, and a few tits.
The north lake looked very dull, with just a few Black-headed Gulls around, Crows and Magpies, and Coots.
The Heron was in his usual place, under the footbridge. Amazing how joggers and dog walkers can pass over the bridge, and he doesn't move. But the minute I start to get near,
he's off like a bullet!
Onto the south lake, and the weather wasn't improving. At the far end, most of the water birds had decided this was the place to be. Little Grebe, Wigeon, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Pochard, all in the small area opposite the island.
Nothing much else about though; maybe they were all sheltered from the lousy weather.
Back at the car park, a quick look at the new feeding area. The nyger seed feeder was covered in Goldfinches, with a couple of Greenfinch impatiently waiting their turn.
And on the gaudy coloured mixed seed feeder, a couple of tits, that looked as though they were staring at each other through the tube.
Good to see the birds have accepted the new feeders; at both areas.
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)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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 33