It's been a while since I posted.
I've still walked the lake most days, but me and blogging don't seem to be hitting it off at the moment; I've not been in the best of places in my head.
Today though, I'll try.
A dull dark and miserable start to the day. A quick look over on Cormorant island after topping up the feeders, found quite a few Cormorants, surprisingly, and in the bay at the first block of houses, some Pochard, Tufted Duck and Coot. The remnants of the gull roost were off in the distance.
A light drizzle accompanied me as I started to walk round the north lake; and I was also met by a group of Mallards under the road bridge.
After feeding them I carried on up to the top end of the lake. The Cormorants were out busily fishing, and a group of Black-headed Gulls sat on the wall of the dam.
A few Coots were swimming along with a single Gadwall, and a large group of Canada Geese. A few boats were out by now too.
Along the gully a Grey Wagtail was briefly searching for insects, and as I made my way past the pub, a Pied Wagtail was doing the same.
The Mallards came over again, so a quick handful of seed, and I could make my way to the south lake.
A couple of the Crows turned up next, so they had some brown bread; no apples in the diet recently.
At the far end were three Little Grebe, swimming around a Grey Heron who was looking pretty sorry for himself.
Lots of mixed Crows in the field through the railway arch, along with Wood Pigeon and Starlings. Easier to get there now too, because the footpath access has been tidied up.
A few Redwing on the berries by the bird hide, and finally I was walking alongside the rowing club. The rain had stopped by now too.
Not a bad morning.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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 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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36