The stars this morning, were undoubtedly the Black-headed Gulls.
Hundreds of them on the grass in front of the pub; and more swirling in from the roost on the south lake.
As I made my way round the north lake, masses of them were circling in the sky, like Starlings.
A murmation of gulls, perhaps?
Fantastic to see.
A Grey Heron landed himself a large fish, but flew too far away with it to get any decent pictures; plus the light was still poor. A bit on the video though.
He certainly had himself a grand Christmas dinner though.
I just walked the north lake this morning; not many people around, but the usual birds.
A flash of blue as a Kingfisher flew along the edge, in his usual spot, and a Grey Wagtail, flying across the lake.
And the Great Northern Diver was still diving.
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)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 31
Well, the big day today, so have a good one, whatever you're up to.
Jim's got a big bone, and I've a date with a bottle of malt, and a couple of DVD's.