A cold, frosty and dull start; would you believe it, the sun shone when I left.
A few ice free pockets of the lake, seemed to have all the birds crammed into them.
Lots of gulls out on the ice too, along with a few Mute Swans.
A group of Chaffinches were in the bushes by the footbridge, along with some Reed Buntings.
Under the road bridge, one of the last areas to freeze, a large group of Mallard and a few Coots.
A few tits in the bushes along the path, and Blackbirds eating the remaining Hawthorn berries. No sign of the Heron under the bridge, and as I began to think all was lost for the poor Kingfisher, he suddenly flew out from under the footbridge. A small area still remained unfrozen.
Across the lake, I could see an area that hadn't frozen. Amongst the birds there, were Coot, Wigeon, Gadwall, Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Mallard, and five Goosander.
As I worked my way round for a better view, a group of Redwing were up in the trees, and down below, half a dozen Moorhen, foraging on the grass.
As I reached the area of ducks, I could see two more male Goosander in the distance. A grand total of seven. A Grey Heron spent a while flying around, probably looking for somewhere to fish for his breakfast.
It must be particularly hard for some of the birds that rely on fish, when it's like this.
The top end of the lake was completely frozen, and very few birds about, apart from a few Crows, a Green Woodpecker, and a brave Coot, doing his best to walk on the ice.
A group of Canada Geese were flying around, probably looking for some water to land in.
On towards the south lake, and the pretend Snow Goose was under the road bridge, with a few Canada Geese and Mallards.
The Crows were waiting for their apple breakfast, and out on the ice, a large group of Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed, and Great Black-backed Gulls. Scanning through them with the binoculars, a few Common Gulls, Herring Gulls, and I managed to count three Yellow-legged Gulls.
At the far end, a small area remained unfrozen, and a lone Coot was making the most of it, as he swam around.
The tree felling must have begun yesterday, as they lay where they had fallen. A shame to see healthy trees cut down, but I guess it was because their branches were too near the power lines that run alongside the railway. Easier to cut them down, rather than prune, I suppose.
Up by the offices, I found a small group of Siskin in the Alder, by the footbridge; and down by the rowing club, a patch of unfrozen water, with another Goosander.
Past the houses, and opposite Cormorant island, I stood watching the gulls out on the ice.
A few pictures for the folk that like to play, 'what's that gull'.
Suddenly they all took to the air. Maybe they thought I was too close?
No, I looked up, just in time to see a Buzzard lazily flying overhead. I guess that was what spooked them.
Back at the busy feeders were Goldfinch and Greenfinch, and in the bushes by the footbridge, a female Bullfinch.
Cold, but a lovely walk round.
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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Yellow-legged Gull [sp] (Larus michahellis)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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 Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 43