The pictures aren't up to much today; my only excuse is the terrible light, and on and off rain.
The Song Thrush was doing his best to be heard above the traffic this morning, and certainly sounded better than the lorries and cars thundering along the road.
The Magpies were quite vocal, up in the trees, and a couple of Robins were joining in with the morning chorus too.
On the footbridge, at the car park, the Chaffinch with the white head, was still around. It seems like he's trying to do an impression of a Snow Bunting, with that white face.
What with him, and the pretend Snow Goose, it could start getting difficult to tell what's about, with all these imposters.
As I passed under the road bridge, a pair of Mallards began to follow me, and were soon joined by more, as they came out of the lake. I'm going to have to start bringing more food out.
A Grey Wagtail was searching the edge of the lake for food, under the bridge, and over by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was wandering between the Canada Geese, that were busily grazing.
The Heron was in his usual spot, by the footbridge near the bandstand, and a group of Cormorants were fishing in the now thawed waters.
Up towards the top end, and there were good numbers of Tufted Duck, along with the Wigeon, Great Crested Grebes, and Gadwall.
On the old flat topped boat, that seems a resting place for all and sundry, a Cormorant was behaving like a lovesick Goldeneye, throwing his head back, as he presumably made some advances to a female. She didn't seem that bothered, and after a while they flew off.
Up by the grass slope, a number of Canada Geese and Wigeon, were grazing.
I took a slight detour, so as not to disturb them, and eventually started my way round the south lake.
The Crows were soon there, waiting for their apple core, and a few Black-headed Gulls decided to tag along too.
As I got towards the far end, I saw a large whitish blob in the distance, on the water.
The binoculars soon confirmed a male Goosander; and not far away, was a female.
At the now flooded temporary wader scrape, a few Little Grebe could be heard, and eventually seen.
On towards the offices, and I soon found a group of Siskin in the trees.
They seem to love this area, and can be pretty much guaranteed to be seen here.
There are usually Redwing in this area too, in the trees along by the railway line; but not today.
I made my way along the path, towards the rowing club, and out on one of the buoys, a young Grey Heron.
With his head and neck tucked in, he didn't look too happy. Maybe this rain is getting him fed up too.
Round past the town houses, and then towards the car park for a last look at what's on the feeders. A couple of juvenile gulls were flying around.
Gulls are not my strong point, for ID's; especially the young ones. No idea what make and model this is, and not a brilliant picture; but I like it.
A Bullfinch in the bushes, and a few Mallard and Moorhen, under the feeders, closed a great morning.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 34