Dull and cold this morning.
After topping up the feeders, I made my way round the north lake.
As I passed under the road bridge, a gang of Malllards were soon around my feet, waiting for food. One female was very friendly, practically standing on my boots to get fed first.
After feeding them, I made a hasty exit, and carried on. Up by the footbridge, the Heron was patiently waiting, until he was scared off by people crossing the bridge.
Shortly after, a Kingfisher flashed by, and disappeared into the trees.
A lot of Fieldfare were flying around this morning.
Big groups, all around the lake.
Quite a few Redwing were moving around too.
Still a lot of the lake frozen, and the arm at the back of the pub, is still solid.
I was accosted by the Mallards again, as I passed under the road bridge, to make my way round the south lake. After feeding them the last of the bread I had, I noticed a pair of Shoveler feeding under the bridge.
Next to be fed were the Crows; and as I left them, I watched five Goosander fly in, and settle across the lake, by the rowing club.
The far end of the lake is still frozen, and as I stood gazing across the ice, a Water Rail flew from the island, and settled in the reeds.
Making my way towards the rowing club, I noticed a few more Goosander; and then a few more. An unbelievable 14 altogether!
Who knows how many for tomorrow?
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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 41