Dull, cloudy, and a few spots of rain this morning.
After topping up the feeders, I noticed that someone had left some seed on one of the picnic tables, by the car park. Not me; I had agreed with Dawn not to leave any there anymore. I'm sure the birds appreciated it though, and I doubt many people will be using the tables at the moment.
A brief glimpse of the Great Northern Diver; but no sign of the Goosander.
A Green Woodpecker sat in a tree, doing his best to look invisible,
but I still could see him.
A group of Canada Geese were grazing by the pub, and one stood out amongst all the others.
Looking very much like a Canada Goose, apart from his mixed up face markings, different colour bill, and different colour legs. My guess is one of his parents was a Greylag Goose.
I was more convinced when he flew off, sounding just like a Greylag.
Onto the south lake, and after feeding the Crow escort, and a few Mallards, my attention was taken by a couple of Coots, having a real battle.
And as always, a group of other Coots appear, and some can't resist joining in.
Don't they know it's the season of peace and goodwill?
At the far end of the lake, a large flock of birds settled in the trees by the railway line.
Through the binoculars I could make out a mixed flock of Goldfinches and Siskin.
Lovely to watch them as they moved through the branches, searching for food.
On the wader scrape, a large number of Black-headed Gulls, with a few Common Gulls mixed in, and a couple of Herring Gulls.
Back at the car park, more Siskin and Goldfinch in the bushes; a very rewarding morning.
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)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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 40