A much milder morning than recently, but not so many birds about.
I decided to walk the south lake first, and maybe get the sunrise in the field.
Very few birds about on the lake, and the boats were beginning to set off by now too.
And I missed the sunrise.
Even my Robin at the hide wasn't around; but through the archway, under the railway line, the assorted Crows were out in force, along with the Wood Pigeons.
No guns today, thankfully.
I was soon reaching the road bridge, and after feeding the Crows some seed, (I'd forgotten my apples this morning), the Mallards had appeared waiting for their seed.
By now a large troop of runners were leaving the pub car park, and making their way towards the start of the race. Another marathon round the lake; and this time some of the runners were in Santa suits.
Some were very easy on the eye.
Up towards the top end, and a Kingfisher flew past towards the bushes at the bottom.
I slowly began making my way towards where I thought he'd stopped, and found him sitting amongst some bushes. I had to shoot through the branches of another bush to get a couple of pictures.
Quite pleased with the result.
Further along, I tried an arty shot of some bare trees.
By now the runners had spread out quite a bit, and so a steady stream of bodies were pounding the footpath. With the boats on the lake, it wasn't easy to get pictures of anything.
A Pied Wagtail was very obliging though.
And finally back at the car park, and on the footbridge, a Robin posed briefly.
A quieter morning birdwise, than usual.
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)
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)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Total species 32