A light frost, with the promise of a good sunrise.
Well, I hastily made my way to the far end of the south lake first, to hopefully catch a good sunrise.
Not as good as I was hoping for, but not bad.
The wader scrape has all but gone, and along with it the gulls that used to sit there preening. A shame, because the future potential was very good. Never mind. Maybe the Parks Trust could be persuaded to construct an artificial one?
As I made my way along the edge of the south lake, towards the north, the female Goosander suddenly made a break from the edge.
She's a real beauty, and I was surprised to see her down this end of the lake.
Surprised to see the boat people out too. Shouldn't they be at home doing Christmas stuff, instead of messing about on boats?
The north lake eventually gave me some good views of the Great Northern Diver; and also with some food.
The first time I've actually seen it with any food above the water.
Apparently they can catch their food, and eat it under water.
The regular Wigeon and Coot were at the top end of the lake, and it was interesting to watch a female Gadwall seeing off a couple of male suitors.
Definitely a one man girl!
A couple of Mallard were mating, and two pairs of Great Crested Grebe were doing the head waggle courtship routine.
Perhaps they know we're not expecting any bad weather.
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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 34
I'd like to wish all visitors and followers, a very merry Christmas