Another cold morning, but without the frost.
A dull, cloudy morning, so no pictures; just the video.
The highlight for me this morning, was watching two Herons argue over who had the right to fish a certain spot.
To begin with, one was just standing on the shore, when suddenly a larger Heron flew in, sending him into the air. For over 20 minutes they circled over one area of the lake; the aggressor constantly flying below, and behind, the other. A few unsuccessful lunges with the large beak, upwards, towards the belly of the other Heron, but still they flapped around in a large circle.
The bigger Heron did stop for a brief rest a couple of times, but he wasn't going to let this young upstart get the better of him. The fishing must be good at this spot.
It wasn't until a Crow joined in the chase, harassing both birds, that they finally stopped. One standing on the edge of the island; the other standing opposite, on the shore.
When I left them, they were both staring at each other, and the Crow long gone.
Fascinating to watch.
All the usual birds this morning; Kingfisher, Great Spotted, and Green Woodpeckers, and the regular Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Coot, and Pochard.
No sign of the Great Northern Diver though; although the boats may have kept him on the move.
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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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 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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 41