Only 3", but usually enough to guarantee total chaos in this country.
As fast as I put food down this morning, the birds were there;
even the Crows and Magpies were patiently waiting this morning.
Big areas of the lake had melted overnight, as the temperature had risen, to make way for the fall of snow. Something about snow, that can transform even an ordinary landscape, into something a bit special.
By the footbridge, a quick glimpse of a Treecreeper, as he busily searched a trunk for insects.
And a group of Reed Buntings, amongst the bushes and brambles.
The north lake had most of the regulars, in a much larger area of water, and a large flock, or should that be charm, of Goldfinches, filled one of the trees with their sight and sound.
Geese were flying backwards and forwards most of the morning; they seemed very restless for some reason. Maybe they don't like snow. I imagine it can disorientate a lot of birds.
And a lone Kingfisher, up by the now larger melted area of water.
Pleased he had somewhere to fish, no doubt.
At the top end of the north lake, completely devoid of any waterfowl, a Sparrowhawk chased a Blackbird across a frozen tundra, only to lose his prize in a tree. A great sight to witness; but probably not for the Blackbird, whose heart must have been pounding.
The Sparrowhawk sat in another tree for a few moments, before leaving, and searching for easier prey.
The south lake had the usual Crows, waiting for their apple; and out on the ice, a group of mixed gulls, and a couple of Mute Swans.
A Kingfisher flashed past under the road bridge, where a larger area had now thawed.
The far end looked like an ice wilderness though, with very little birdlife showing.
High in the trees, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and the odd Crow flying overhead, but very little else.
As I reached the rowing club, and another larger area of water, amongst the Pochard, Tufted Duck and Coots, three Goosander; two females and a male.
By now, quite a few people were out and about. Families with their children, and sledges, dog walkers, and others playing with their new Christmas cameras.
A few people were feeding the ducks, with scraps of bread, which gave me some good practice for flight shots.
I scanned through the gulls out on the ice, with the binoculars, picking out some Common Gulls, Lesser and Great Black- backed, and a few Herring Gulls; and eventually made my way back to the car park, and feeders.
A great morning, but hard work in the snow.
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 42