A cold, frosty morning, a nice dawn, that soon got cloudy. Spots of rain, and then sun.
We had it all this morning.
The boats were out in force, and kept a few of the birds on the move; but despite this, I managed to see the Great Northern Diver, and the female Goosander, along with Pochard, Gadwall, Tufted, and Wigeon.
Not forgetting the Canada Geese, of course.
Always good watching them.
An amazing number of Great Crested grebes around too.
And the water levels? Well, they have certainly risen since I last had a good look.
We've lost a lot of the shoreline now, and the wader scrape has shrunk; but I'm sure it's a benefit to all the water birds. It means that the water will not freeze so easily in this colder weather now, and give them more area to fish and feed in.
Last years Kingfisher population was hit very hard, when the lake froze over.
Their numbers now, are up to around four that I know of on the lake.
As I made my way round the south lake, I had my usual escort of three Crows, awaiting the apple core. Just over half way they followed me, before stopping, and not venturing any further. It seemed like an invisible line was there, and they wouldn't cross into another's territory.
Not like the Herons, who were constantly aggravating other Herons, by flying into their air space.
Half a dozen Siskin down at the far end of the south lake, and about twenty Redwing up in the tree tops.
Lots of Canada Geese coming in, and landing on the water, like water skiers.
Eventually, back at the car park, a quick look at the feeders, and a Moorhen was doing his best to clear up the fallen seed.Still cold, but the sun was shining again now.
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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 41