I was over the lake a bit earlier than usual this morning.
It was still dark, but I wanted to try out my new torch.
An LED Lenser; made by a German company. An expensive little torch, but it packs a very bright and powerful light. Plus it fits in my pocket without any problem.
I'm hoping that it will help find any owls that may be sitting up in the trees, as it starts to get light; throw some light on some of the strange rustling noises I sometimes hear coming from the bushes..........or just blind any potential early morning muggers.
I tried it out on the south lake first, illuminating the trees, lake edge, and the bushes.
I didn't find any owls, or much of anything else; but it has some great potential.
Once I'd reached the north lake, it was much lighter, and easier to see any birds.
The Great Northern Diver is still around, and the female Goosander. The sun was beginning to shine by now too, but unfortunately the Goosander had the sun behind her, so no pictures.
Back at the car park, a quick check on the feeders, which were busy with Goldfinch and Greenfinch, and some Reed Buntings in the surrounding bushes.
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 33