New day, new month, and a new year.
Cloudy, light wind, but some cracking birds about though.........for a while.
North lake first, and after watching the ton of gulls that are attracted to the pub in the mornings, I made my way up towards the weir.
Wigeon, Gadwall, and Coots, were the main birds, along with Herons, Great Crested Grebes, and some noisy Canada Geese.
The Great Northern Diver was still around, and I managed to guide a couple of bird watchers to where it was.
Down towards the south lake, and a quick, distant glimpse of a pair of Goosander,
before they took to the air.
The male Smew was still around the island too, and a few of us managed some distant views of it.
I walked round to the other side, to hopefully get a closer look, but as always, by the time I'd got there, he'd moved further into the middle of the lake.
I stood watching it for a while, with another birdwatcher, whilst it was diving amongst some Black-headed Gulls, when suddenly some idiot from the sailing club, in his bright yellow motorised dingy, decided to roar through the middle of all the birds.
Smew last seen flying north.
Just before I started to head back to the car park, a Little Egret flew overhead, going north.
At the bushes around by the footbridge, a pair of Bullfinches; and on the feeders, with a group of Goldfinch, a single Siskin.
A great start to the year; apart from the prick in the boat.
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)
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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 45