Up late too; still, I got to top up the feeders with some natural light for a change.
The forecast was for heavy rain, but the skies were clear when I left; but it didn't take long for the rain to arrive. I almost turned back, but then thought, once you're wet, you can't get much wetter.
After a heavy shower, the sun appeared.
But the distant black skies promised more rain. And it was windy too.
A Kingfisher was a welcome sight, as it flew across to the island., and over on the far side of the lake, a couple of Jays flew into the bushes.
A couple of female Goosander were at the top end of the north lake, along with Wigeon, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebes, and Coots.
A few Greylag Geese were about too, and a small group of five made a noisy departure from in front of the pub.
More showers, more sun, and more wind. A sensible person would head back to the car.
Making my way towards the south lake, my trio of Crows appeared, waiting for their apple core.
How could I let them down?
Little Grebe were in their usual place, at the far end, and quite a few Black-headed Gulls too. By now the wind was getting stronger, and more rain on the horizon.
Finally, wet and windswept, a quick look at the feeders, and plenty of Goldfinches around.
It's great to see so many, and a good healthy looking population of Greenfinches too.
The footbridge had a few Reed Buntings around, and in the trees, a pair of Bullfinches.
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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 40