A bit of a shock this morning to see the water level dropped at the lake, by at least two feet.
I walked the north lake first, after topping up the feeders. The squirrel continues to wreak havoc on some feeders, unfortunately.
Under the road bridge, a Grey Wagtail was foraging in the new lakeside muddy shallows.
A small group of Siskins were a good sight to see, but the main concern this morning, was the big drop in water levels overnight. A lot of people stopped to ask me if I knew the reason why.
I decided I'd ring the Parks Trust at 9 a.m.
Up at the weir, the water was gushing quite a bit, and the level of the river beyond the weir, was very low.
I decided maybe Anglian Water had opened the sluice gate, to draw some water from the lake, to the river. It seemed a reasonable explanation to me, but I decided I'd still ring the Parks Trust anyway.
Wouldn't want Caldecotte Lake, to become Caldecotte Puddle in a few days.
On round the south lake, and my Crows were happily escorting me on my way.
At the far end, the low level of water had created something I've always felt this lake had lacked. And in the perfect place too.
A Wader scrape.
Filled with mainly Black-headed Gulls at the moment, but I'm sure something of a permanent nature would certainly bring in plenty of birds.
I rang the Parks Trust.
"Morning, Parks Trust."
"Morning, I'm at Caldecotte Lake, and.........."
"Yes, the water level is low. We've had a few calls."
"Do you know why?"
"No, but we are looking into it."
I suggested they try Anglian Water, since it seemed the water was being drawn from the lake, into the river.
I was thanked for my call; end of conversation.
This Heron seemed rather bemused by the whole thing, and was content to observe from a high vantage point, in the trees.
Back at the car park, a quick check on the feeders;
very busy, and then home.
I do hope they turn the tap off soon. Caldecotte Puddle doesn't sound quite right.
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)
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)
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)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38
An update on the situation.
After a text from a local birder at about 3:30 p.m. that there was a Great Northern Diver spotted at the north lake, I made my way there in search of it. Found it, but the light was pretty dire by the time I got there.
I also got a phone call from Dawn, at the Parks Trust, to let me know the reason for the low water level.
It seems the computerised sluice system malfunctioned, and kept the gate open overnight. It's been fixed now, but the water levels will take some time to get back to normal.