A dull cloudy morning, so I just took the binoculars out today; and the video camera.
The seed in the feeders hadn't gone down very much, so I was soon making my way towards the road bridge. The regular pair of Mallards were already there, waiting for breakfast.
A lot of bird song this morning; it seems spring has arrived, and the temperatures are much milder.
I found 2 Kingfishers over on the island. Maybe a pair? Let's hope a successfully breeding pair. In amongst the trees, further along round the lake, I found more signs of spring. Two clumps of Primroses. A lovely sight to see.
A group of Wigeon were grazing towards the top end of the lake, and as I made my way round towards the pub, two pairs of Coots were busily fighting, out amongst the Gadwall and Tufted Duck.
I watched them for a while, and then another Kingfisher flew across the lake, into one of the trees on the far side. I filmed the general area, but it wasn't until I played the video back on the computer, that I noticed him dive into the water, and then back up in the tree. I wonder if he caught a fish?
Past the pub, quite a few Starlings up on the windmill, the Lesser Black-backed Gull wandering around on the grass, and a Pochard swimming in front of the pub. He's usually here with a female, but no sign of her this morning.
The Crows were waiting for their apple; or two of them were. A third seemed quite content upsetting a pair of Magpies, by sitting in the tree they had built a nest in.
Despite their chattering, and bits of apple flying around, he wasn't going to budge.
At the far end of the lake, I found 5 Goosander.
A lone female, and 4 males that seemed to be showing off in front of her. She didn't seem very impressed, and in the end they all flew off towards the middle of the lake.
Little Grebe in their regular spot, and a Robin came down to see what I was doing, while I watched them.
I couldn't resist leaving him a handful of seed, but he waited patiently before I moved far enough away to take it.
Past the houses, and back at the car park, an inquisitive Blue Tit sat just a few feet away, while I looked through the bushes with the binoculars.
I fed him too.
Must get some more seed 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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
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 Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 35