Dull and cloudy, and the light didn't get much better.
The Song Thrush was belting out his morning song, trying to make himself heard above the traffic going along the road that crosses the lake. Where on earth is it all going, so early in the morning?
There didn't seem to be so many birds on the lake this morning; what with joggers, cyclists and boats, who can blame them.
A few Herons trying to find a good fishing spot; and a couple of fishermen in a spot that has no fishing. Maybe they couldn't understand the sign that says, 'No Fishing beyond this point.'
The south lake had plenty of Mute Swans at the far end; and three pairs were getting a little friendly. The mild weather seems to have a lot of birds and plants confused.
I had an e-mail yesterday, from someone asking exactly where the Siskin are, that I mention. I gave him as much information as I could, and added a good spot for Redwing too.
Low and behold, this morning, no sign of anything. Typical.
However, a lone Siskin came to the rescue, as I passed the offices.
He perched high in the tree, but the light was terrible. I did managed a little video, and a few pictures though.
He was soon joined by four more, albeit briefly, and then they left, searching for more food.
Past the rowing club, the usual group of gulls out on the water, were nowhere to be seen. I saw boats though.
Down by Cormorant island, a large group of Great Crested Grebes had gathered, I counted 25 just in the one small area.
The bushes by the footbridge, had half a dozen Bullfinches, and the feeders were doing a good trade; with a group of Mallard picking up the fallen seed.
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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 33