Yea, imaginative title, I know.
Started cloudy, and mild; and the sun tried to shine, but then decided not to, and as I left, a few spots of rain. Quite a mix today.
Siskin on the bird feeders were a nice sight to see; they're becoming quite the regulars at the moment.
Under the road bridge, my friendly Mallards were waiting for breakfast.
After feeding them, I made my way towards the island on the north lake. Yesterday, Trevor had called me to say he had seen a fox on the island. I searched with the binoculars, but couldn't see any sight of him. I did see a Kingfisher in the trees though.
He's the orange/blue spot, just left of centre lol
Up at the top end of the lake, there were four Goosander, the usual Tufted, Wigeon, Gadwall and Great Crested Grebes, and overhead a couple of big flocks of Wood Pigeon, Fieldfare and Lapwing flew over.
Round by the pub, a group of Canada Geese were grazing on the grass, along with a couple of Pied Wagtails; a group of Black-headed Gulls on the boat jetty.
The Mallards were waiting too.
More food, then an escape to the south lake, and waiting Crows.
After feeding them, a quick glimpse of a male Goldeneye, before he took to the air, heading north, and at the far end, a single female Goosander, along with some fighting Coots.
Walking past the rowing club, I began to wonder if all the Goosander had left, but then suddenly three females flew up towards Cormorant island, followed by a male, who went south, further down the lake. A total of nine this morning.
A last look at the feeders,
which had a Siskin and a couple of Goldfinches feeding, and the surrounding bushes by the footbridge, had four Bullfinches, amongst the Chaffinch and Reed Buntings.
Another 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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
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 44