The lake, not me.
Bright and early round the lake; although it was still quite dark as I made my way round the south lake. I wanted to have a look at the increasing gull roost; and impressive it is too. I'm not brilliant with gull ID's, but I picked out Common, Lesser and Greater Black-backed, Herring and lots of Black-headed Gulls. A grown up birder would probably find a few others amongst them.
The water levels have gone back to normal now; even under the feeders the water has gone, leaving a very soggy ground cover.
Past the rowing club, and down towards the bird hide, there were Goldfinches, Long Tailed Tits and plenty of Redwing.
Through the railway arch, and on the field were hundreds of Rooks, Jackdaws, Crows, Wood Pigeons and Starlings. And in the distance, sat in a tree, was a Buzzard.
The sunrise is usually pretty good here in the winter months, and this morning was no exception.
Coming out of the arch, a group of Mistle Thrush flew noisily overhead, and as I made my way towards the north lake, three Siskin flew towards the field, and another male Goosander flew over the lake. Three times now; I'll get pictures eventually.
Under the road bridge the Mallard gang caught up with me, and as they fed on the seed, a couple of Crows swooped down to join them.
No woodpecker in front of the pub today, but a couple of Pied Wagtails instead, and on the boat jetty, a group of Cormorants drying their wings.
At the far end, a group of Wigeon, but no sign of the Goosander, so I'm guessing he carried on to Willen Lake, further north.
The gully is still flooded, but I noticed the water swirling round like water does in a bath, when the plug is pulled. I think it is still draining back into the river.
Quite a few Herons around this morning,
and a lot of Great Crested Grebes.
Eventually I was back at the car park; but not before the Mallards had caught me again.
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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Mistle Thrush [viscivorus] (Turdus viscivorus viscivorus)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Total species 39