Fifty species this morning!!
A BIG wave to all the local birders that say there's nothing here.
A couple of Siskin on the feeders, a group of Reed Buntings on the footbridge, and a host of Crows and Magpies after the digestive biscuits at the car park, got things off to a great start.
Under the road bridge, the Mallards were waiting for breakfast, and a Kingfisher sat in the trees on the other side of the lake, by the pub.
A slightly warmer evening, had thawed some of the lake, and most of the snow has now gone. It was far from summer like though; still a raw chill in the air.
I decided in my madness, I would count all the birds I saw this morning. A tough call, and one I shan't be repeating for a while. Still, I guess it will be useful to the local bird group.
At the far end of the north lake, a bigger area is now unfrozen, and don't the geese know it. Great to watch, and hear them arrive in great numbers. Is there a better sight than forty odd noisy geese flying in?
I doubt it.
Gadwall, Pochard, Mallard, Tufted Duck, and Wigeon, were all taking advantage of the bigger water area, along with a couple of Shoveler, still dozing on the ice.
Redwings and Wood Pigeon were in the air, and plenty of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were flying overhead.
Up by the weir, the second Kingfisher was sighted, as he flew to the safety of some ivy.
On round to towards the pub, and the Mallards are getting very clever. They fly in to meet me now, rather than wait.
It's getting embarrassing now, as they follow me round past the pub, and under the road bridge. I'm beginning to feel like the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
The Crows were waiting for their apple; and I was soon at the far end of the lake.
Still frozen, with plenty of various gulls stood out on the ice.
By the rowing club, a larger area of water housed plenty of water fowl; amongst them, Goosander, 17, and a large number of Tufted Duck, Pochard, and Gadwall.
Eventually I reached the feeders, by the car park, to find three Moorhen industriously picking up the fallen seed.
In the surrounding bushes, a pair of Bullfinch, a few Greenfinch, and a Robin, singing his plaintive song.
Fifty species of birds; there ain't many places you'll see that number in a 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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
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)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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 Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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 50