I saw at least half a dozen people out with their cameras this morning.
Sunshine, mist, and quite a thick frost, and cold with it; but it didn't stop the people out and about, enjoying the sunny weather. Joggers, dog walkers, stick walkers, (that strange breed that clip clops along with two metal poles), and the boats.
There were plenty of geese flying to and fro this morning.
The Mute Swans were not going to be left out either.
Or even the Mallards
As I made my way round the north lake, I stopped to feed a pair of Mallards that were determined to follow me, until I did feed them. It's that time of year, when I get my 'duck' followers.
On towards the bandstand, and the footbridge, to check on the Mute Swan that had got himself stuck behind an obstacle the last couple of days.Yesterday I went back over the lake, to see if I could tempt him around the obstacle with some bread.
No luck though. All it achieved was an argument between him and a few Mallards that were intent on stealing his bread. Oh well, I tried.
This morning there was no sign of him; probably because the water near the obstacle had frozen.
I found him eventually, further round, just waking up; with another swan. Hopefully he'll get back on the main lake soon.
I carried on towards the top end, and saw someone with a tripod and camera, across the lake. It looked as though he was taking pictures of the boats, as they cut their way through the misty water.
And someone else that I recognised, at the top end.Marilyn of 'travels with my camera'
I eventually got to where she was taking pictures of the rising sun, and then we made our way towards the 'weir' end.
The usual Gadwall, Coots and Wigeon.........and the three Goosander from yesterday.
The two males, and the female.
We stopped and took a few pictures, and then I carried on towards the south lake; Marilyn heading towards a friends, for a warming cup of tea.
I passed another group of people, with their cameras, who had stopped to take some pictures of the pub, and each other.
Once under the road bridge, I was soon greeted by the Crows, who eventually got their reward; an apple core.
By now the sun was shining in a blue sky. A perfect morning, although the frost was still hanging onto the trees, and reeds.
I counted over twenty Mute Swans as I made my way to the far end, and stopped to take quite a few pictures, as they swam amongst the receding mist, and glow of the morning sun.
Once I reached the far end, a couple of Little Grebe were soon diving for cover, and the trees were full of Chaffinch, as they were searching for food.
A couple of Grey Heron sat like sentries on the buoys, seemingly oblivious to all the boats that were now out on the water.
A couple more people with cameras passed me, as I took the path past the rowing club.
Cormorants were flying high, and Great Crested Grebes were swimming in pairs. A couple of Mallard were busily mating, and a group of Coots were........fighting. No surprise there.
Finally back at the car park, and a quick look at the feeders.
A few Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, and Mallards picking up the fallen seed.And at the footbridge, in the bushes, a pair of Bullfinch.
What a handsome male.
I had a great 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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
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)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 39