Clear skies, and sun later; but the previous days weather have taken its toll.
I could only fill half of the feeders this morning; the rest had a good deal of water under them where the lake had burst its bank, after the heavy rain of a couple of days ago. Yesterdays strong winds had brought a few branches down too.
Round by the footbridge, at the car park, I found three Song Thrushes. A bird that is in decline, but seemingly not here. Good to see them, and hear one of them singing quite heartily.
Under the road bridge, and a couple of Mallards greeted me, along with a few others. A small group of Canada Geese were milling around, and a Grey Heron flew across to the far side of the lake.
The trees and bushes were alive with the sounds of Long Tailed Tits as they flew from tree to tree. Among them were Great Tits and Blue Tits, and out on the lake, quite a few Cormorants fishing.
As I made my way towards the dam, I began to wonder how high the water was likely to be at the weir, and river.
At the edge of the river, a Grey Heron stood motionless; a study in concentration.
The water level along the river wasn't as high as I was expecting. The reason soon became clear.
At the gully, it was completely flooded.
Impassable, even with wellington boots.
The force of the water as it rushed from the river, across the path, and over the steps of the gully into the lake, would have knocked anyone off their feet.
I have never seen it like this before.
Only one thing to do, and that was to turn back the way I came.
As I walked back, over at the riverside, a Little Egret was briefly fishing, before flying off.
Past the dam, and the water had begun to steadily rise, and breach the bank in places. I wonder how high it will get during the day.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 28