The fog has finally decided to leave; but a bit of rain instead.
The gang were waiting at the car park to be fed; and as fast as I put it down, the Mallards were eating the lot.
The chainsaw brigade have been round by the footbridge now. Unfortunately all the bushes that had at least half a dozen Bullfinches, have now been destroyed.
I doubt we'll be seeing Bullfinches at this spot now.
And when you think that in about 4 weeks time, the spring/summer visitors will be turning up, at this rate they'll have nowhere to nest. Birds that are already in decline; and now some of their nesting areas are hacked down. Madness!!
The Mallards found me as I made my way under the road bridge, and once I fed them, I could carry on. A lone male Goosander was out on the lake, and the sky looked ready to send a few showers.
Making my way towards the island, I got two glimpses of a Water Rail in the reeds.
Up by the island, I spent some time watching a Kingfisher flying from his perch, into the water, and back up again. From what I could see, it didn't look as though he was catching any fish, and eventually he just settled down to preen himself.
Another area has had a severe chainsaw haircut. An area once used by Cetti's Warbler.
That'll be another bird moved on.
I carried on towards the top end of the lake.
A few Wigeon were flying around by now, put up into the air by the boats, and a male Goosander flew down towards the arm that goes round the back of the pub.
By the 'dam', a Grey Wagtail was bobbing along amongst the gravel,
and a few Canada Geese were flying overhead.
Going towards the weir, I spotted a Little Egret, moving towards the edge of the river.
As I slowly made my way closer, for a better view, a couple of people were walking their dog, in the field opposite. Unfortunately this sent the egret up into the trees, further away.
I walked further on, crossed over the river by the weir, and hoped to get closer by going across the field. Again, as I got closer, he took of, and flew further down the river.
Another dog walker, the other side of the river sent the egret once more skyward, and back towards the lake. He carried on, and disappeared from sight.
I wasn't having much luck here.
I walked back, and sat by the edge of the lake watching some Canada Geese, and four Goosanders playing 'chase'.
Two Kingfishers suddenly sped past over the water, calling to each other as they went.
They flew around for a while, and then both headed off down the river.
Great to just sit there watching all this excitement.
Eventually I started to make my way up past the pub, and on to the south lake.
The Crows nest up by the windmill of the pub, is rapidly taking shape.
A pile of twigs.
He spent a bit of time arranging them, and then flew off.
A pair of Pied Wagtails were on the grass, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull was searching for worms too. By now, it looked as though the sun would begin to shine.
Passing under the road bridge, the sun soon disappeared, and it started to rain.
How quickly the weather can change.
Thankfully the rain didn't amount to very much.
The Crows were soon flying in for breakfast, and out on the lake. a group of Black-headed Gulls and Common Gulls, were bobbing up and down.
The top end had a couple of Little Grebes, and the little Robin was soon on the scene for his breakfast.
A shot from a couple of days ago.
Walking back towards the car park, and past the rowing club, a few Coots fighting, some Mallards, and Great Crested Grebes; and over on Cormorant island, no sign of the Oystercatchers.
At the car park I stopped to talk to a lady walking her dog, and she said she'd seen them earlier up by the pub.
Good to know they're still around, even though I didn't see them.
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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38