A very dull and cloudy start; but my goodness, what a sunrise.
How does nature do it!!
Big flocks of Fieldfares flying overhead, a few Starlings; but still no sign of any Waxwings. Just a matter of time I think.
The Mallards caught me under the road bridge. They're getting expert at this hijack business. A few handfuls of seed, and then a very quick exit. Has to be quick, because they follow me now.
I did visit yesterday, but didn't get round to doing a post. One of the highlights was a Grey Wagtail,
the other being a Goldcrest at the car park whilst I was talking to a member of Bucks Bird Club.
I've got a few pictures in the new Birds of Buckinghamshire book, and I was collecting my copy.
Today, I found another Goldcrest on the way to the bandstand, flying with a mixed flock of tits. Again, no picture, but great to see that they are in various parts of the lake. I hope they all manage to survive the winter.
A couple of adult Mute Swans were flexing their muscles, and sending a cygnet on his way. He'd inadvertently wandered into their territory.
At the top end of the north lake, a group of Black-headed Gulls were hopefully trying to snatch a morsel from a party of Cormorants that were fishing in a group.
In front of the pub, a Green Woodpecker was probing the grass for ants, and the gang of Mallards swooped in on me, after more food.
A few handfuls of seed, and then shopping beckoned.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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 Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Total species 32