Another cold morning, and quite a bit of the lake has frozen over now.
Feeding done, I made my way round the north lake. Much of the north lake is frozen, so very few water birds around. A couple of Grey Herons, a few Mute Swans and the gang of Mallards; and that was about it. There was a lone Kingfisher flying low over the ice; probably looking for somewhere to fish.
I soon made my way to the south lake. The side nearest the houses and the rowing club, has frozen over, but the opposite side, mostly, has so far escaped the freeze.
A large collection of all the waterfowl were congregated down one side.
Gadwall, Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Coots. Scanning through the mass of birds I found a couple of female Goldeneye.
Nice to see these here, and further out were Goosander. At first I counted four, but as I made my way down to the far end, I counted a total of six. Four males, and two females.
Standing around on the ice at the far end was a collection of gulls.
Mostly Black-headed Gulls, but looking through them all with the binoculars, I could pick out Herring, Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, and Common Gulls.
Gulls are not my strong point, so there may have been others amongst them.
A quick look in the field, through the railway arch, and the place was full of Rooks, Crows and Jackdaws. A Buzzard bravely flew over too, and surprisingly wasn't mobbed like they usually are.
Back round the lake, and up in the usual trees were Siskin and Goldfinches busily feeding. As I made my way to one of the hides, just feet away in the bushes was a Goldcrest. I managed a short video clip, before he went.
After feeding the Robin, I caught a quick glimpse of a pair of Bullfinches. Sadly no pictures, but a female Blackbird did pose for a while.
Along the path at the side of the rowing club, the sound of Redwings was coming from the trees.
Finally, back at the car park, and time for a hot coffee.
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)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
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)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 44