and the Great Northern Diver still here too.
A few spots of rain greeted the morning,
but it soon stopped, for most of the morning.
Coots were fighting, like they usually do; Wigeons were whistling, like they usually do; and there was plenty of flying activity too, from the Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, and the Mute Swans.
Still some Ragwort out in flower, Red Clover, and Yarrow. Amazing, considering the year is nearly out.
The Great Northern Diver is still around his usual haunt, at the north lake, and two Kingfishers sped by the reeds, up near the pub.
A Green Woodpecker was busily pummelling the grass, in his search for ants, and as I began to make my way to the south lake, the Mallards began massing, expecting food.
They got some, as did the Black-headed Gulls that arrived too.
At the south lake I was welcomed by the Crows, waiting for their apple core, and quite a few Great Crested Grebes, were swimming along the edge. A couple of Little Grebes were about too, but very shy, and constantly diving.
At the far end, another Kingfisher flashed past the reeds, and over by the island, a group of Greylag Geese in the water, and a female Goosander, preening on the shore.
The male Smew was diving off the island too. Good to still see him here; they don't usually stay more than a day when they do come.
Redwings up in the trees, and quite a group of Chaffinch, Goldfinch, and Siskin.
Making my way towards the rowing club, I was surprised, and pleased, to see three Goosander, eagerly fishing.
One male, and two female. Naturally, as I got closer, they began to swim further out towards the middle of the lake, making it difficult for pictures.
As I passed the town houses, I met up with another blogger.
Graemme, of Imperfect and tense.
It's always good to put faces to the people behind the blogs, and after a quick chat, we carried on; Graemme, and his friend, in search of Smew and Goosander; and me, in search of anything that turns up.
Turn up it did.
Another fellow blogger, I met here a couple of days ago, Scott, of Wildlife, photography and stuff.
A quick chat, and an ID of a bird he'd taken, and then it was time to go.
Almost. I wanted to see if the diver was still on the north lake, (it was), and I wanted a quick look at the feeders.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker on the nuts, and a group of Goldfinch on the nyger seed.
Another cracking 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)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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 Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 39