Nine of the beauties this morning.
The weather may have been dull, but the birds more than made up for it.
After doing the feeders, I made my way round to the north lake. Hundreds of gulls were on the south lake, leaving their roost. Most were heading north, but a few flew over to the bank, and the grass.
I stopped to watch a Heron fishing, at his favourite spot, under a footbridge, and he was pretty successful.
A couple of Cormorants were fishing nearby, and I think they were driving some of the fish towards the Heron, and he just picked them off, one by one. Teamwork.
A Kingfisher sat in the trees, on the island; one of his favourite spots, and a group of Wigeon were grazing on the bank. Amongst them was a one legged female Mallard, who seemed to be coping fairly well. Sad to see though.
Further along, towards the top end, a Grey Wagtail, searching what shore line is left, and in the arm of the lake, behind the pub, a pair of Goosander.
A favoured spot for these, it seems. Good numbers of Wigeon and Gadwall too.
The south lake had the waiting Crows, and a few airborne Mute Swans, circling round, seemingly undecided where to settle. Another pair of Goosander were soon spotted, swimming out in the middle of the lake, along with a few gulls.
Once I reached the far end, more Goosanders. A total of nine this morning.
A quick look under the railway arch, and sad to see some rubbish left by the railway workers from a couple of days ago. A couple of empty sealant tubes chucked on the ground, from up where they were working, and what looked like a grinding disc, thrown into one of the trees. Dirty buggers.
I searched the trees by the offices, looking for the Siskin that sometimes hang around here. No luck, but a couple of Robins were singing in the trees.
I was soon back at the car park, and checking the bushes and trees, found a couple of Bullfinch; the males red chest standing out in the branches.
I had to shorten the video; I got a bit carried away this 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)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
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 42