A cold morning; and something I've noticed about the feeders, which I found interesting.
The Nyger seed doesn't seem to be going down as much as it used to.
And the mixed seed is going down more than usual.
Today, I didn't see any Goldfinches.
I think there must be a connection there somewhere.
Plenty of Fieldfare and Redwing though, all around the lake. This certainly backs up reports from nearby counties, of big numbers of these birds. The cold spell certainly is playing a big factor, in just how the birds are moving around the country.
Blimey, I almost sound like an intelligent grown up birder there!
Back to normal now.
The north lake had my usual Mallards, fighting for some food; and this morning, luckily enough, I put an extra bag of seed in my pocket to cater for the demand.
The top end is still frozen, but a lovely sight to see so many geese taking off, and heading for some grazing land.
Under the road bridge, more Mallards to feed, and Mrs Mallard managed to single me out, as I stopped to admire three Shoveler, that were......shovelling.
The Crows were not to be outdone; they were waiting for their apple.
Across the other side of the lake, I counted at least nine Goosander; and on the ice, a big group of mixed gulls.
The bottom end of the lake, still frozen, but amongst the reeds, a lone Water Rail.
At least this cold weather seems to make them more visible, as they come out in search of food.
A small group of Siskin were in the trees, by the offices; their usual haunt, and some Redwing up in the tall trees.
Past the rowing club, and I could see the Goosander much clearer. I counted twelve; two down on yesterday. Further round, by the houses, another male Shoveler, amongst the Tufted Duck and Mallards.
Back by the car park, I found the Chaffinch with the white face, a few Reed Buntings, and on the feeders, two beautiful Siskin.
Another excellent day.
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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 41