I got an e-mail from someone last night, asking about the lake, and what was about.
I arranged to meet them this morning, and we had a slow walk round the north and south lake. I mentioned where certain birds could usually be found, and seen; and luck must have been with me. I think we managed to see everything I mentioned.
The Song Thrush was in good voice, by the car park,
and after topping up the feeders, we watched a few Redwings leaving the roost, and some Reed Buntings by the footbridge. Even the white faced Chaffinch put in an appearance; but a handheld shot at 1/15" in poor light, was never going to make it here.
We set off round the north lake, watching a few Mute Swans fly in, and eventually made it to the top end of the lake. 'A good spot for Great Crested Grebes performing the weed dance', I mentioned, ............ and sure enough, a pair obliged.
A female Goosander flew overhead, as we made our way up past the weir.
A group of Canada Geese were good enough to pose for a while,
along with some Gadwall, and Wigeon.
Around the other side, we met a couple of blokes crouched by the edge of the lake, with some serious looking camera gear.
On the other side, was a male Goosander.
I tried a bit of conversation, about some of the visible birds, but they were hard work, bemoaning the fact they were too far away for their bazooka sized lenses.
I'd had an easier conversation earlier, with a couple of Polish fishermen.
We left them to it.
Past the pub, under the road bridge, and on round the south lake.
One Crow turned up for his apple core, and a few joggers were pounding their way past by now. No sign of any boats on the water yet though.
At the far end of the lake, I mentioned it was a good spot for Kingfisher.
And one flew by, just as I mentioned it.
Also good for Little Grebe, I said; and one swam by on cue.
On towards the offices, and we stopped to talk to another photographer. Whilst we were there, a Treecreeper landed on a trunk, not far from us. Always good to see.
As we left him, I mentioned that Siskin are usually up in the trees ahead.
There they were.
We stopped for a while, taking a few pictures, and then carried on towards the car park.
By now the boats were out. Yachts; so not very much out on the water.
A quick check to see what was on the feeders; Greenfinch, Goldfinch, and Mallard clearing up underneath, and then one last look round the footbridge.
"A good spot for Bullfinch", I said, just as I managed to pick some out in the trees ahead with the binoculars.
And as we made our way to our cars, a Sparrowhawk gave us a goodbye fly by.
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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 Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 40