Sums up the morning really.
The sun looked good,
and there was even a sun dog in the sky.
The Great Northern Diver put in an early appearance, before the boats sent everything else scattering. A lot of the little areas of the lake, away from the main body of water, had frozen over. It was pretty cold this morning. Even some of the Canada Geese had frost on their backs.
The female Goosander was up at the top end of the north lake, away from the boats, along with a good number of Wigeon and Gadwall.
Two Kingfishers were by the pub, being quite vocal. Maybe one was an intruder.
On towards the south lake, and the snow began getting heavier; but then stopped almost as quickly as it had started. Couldn't make its mind up.
My Crows followed along most of the way towards the bottom end of the lake, enjoying the regular apple core.
A couple of Little Grebe's, diving as soon as they saw any sort of movement, and the Black-headed Gulls hogging what's left of the wader scrape.
In the trees, along the railway line, a large group of Fieldfare, and Redwing; and in some other trees close by, Siskin.
Finally, back at the car park, a quick look at the busy feeders; Goldfinch, Greenfinch, and on one of the nut feeders, a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
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 37