I can't believe how quick the weeks are going; one and a bit more, and it will be March!
A light frost this morning, but the sun soon made an impression, and cast a lovely golden glow everywhere.
After feeding the Mallards under the road bridge, I made my way round the north lake. No Kingfishers this morning, but the Heron was in his usual place under the footbridge.
Coots and Wigeon were in the majority, as I headed up to the top end of the lake. A Grey Wagtail flew from his regular spot, and more Wigeon were grazing on the frosty grass
Past the pub, and a couple of Pied Wagtails, Starlings, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull were on the grass; and soon the Mallards flew in.
More food for them, and then onto the south lake; and the waiting Crows.
A couple of Herons fishing along the edge of the south lake, and a few Reed Buntings appropriately in the reeds.
The far end had a group of Black-headed Gulls, Gadwall and Great Crested grebe; but no sign of any Little Grebe this morning. Probably all busy fishing.
Past the rowing club, and very few gulls out on the water; just a couple of Common Gulls. And then a lone female Goosander, swimming in the distance.
As I got level with Cormorant island, I could see at least two more up on the bank.
Glancing back towards the houses, a trio of vehicles had gathered.
Judging by the equipment, it looked as though some of the trees were for the chop; or maybe just a trim. Either way, a travesty; this time of the year some birds are beginning to build nests, and some of the Magpies are re-building their nests in the tree tops.
Surely these 'people' understand the law around disturbing nesting birds?
At the car park, a quick look at the feeders, before heading to the shops for supplies.
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)
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)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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 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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 41