I attempted to achieve what I couldn't do yesterday; and get a sunrise in the field through the railway arch. This field will now be known as the killing fields.
Quite a large gull roost again, and at least I managed to see most of it.
As I made my way towards the railway line, there was a big flock of mixed crows up in the trees. I soon found out why.
As I got through the archway, out on the field were four people with shotguns. It soon became clear what they were doing. Shooting geese.
An upsetting piece of video after the main video, showing how they dispatch the ones that aren't killed by the gun.
I managed a sunrise shot,
but it was marred by the sight and sound of the so called 'sportsmen'. Because very few geese were flying over, they eventually turned their interest to Wood Pigeons.
I left the bastards to it, and carried on round the lake.
As I left, a Woodcock flew overhead, and headed towards the field.
Thankfully they hadn't seen it, or else that would have been shot too. The first time I have seen one in all the time I've visited here.
I might add, that whilst I walked along the footpath, a hail of 'shot' rained down on me, as they began more killing. Not very good for a Saturday morning walk in a public place.
A large group of Siskin were up in the Alders, or at least I believe they are Alders,
and down by the hide, my friendly Robin was waiting for his seed.
As I left there, something caught my eye in one of the bushes.
A Goldcrest, searching for insects. A job to get pictures he just wouldn't keep still.
Past the rowing club, and no sign of any Goosanders this morning. Considering all the shooting in the background, and the boats out on the lake, hardly surprising really. A shame, especially as they've only recently started to turn up.
Lots of Tufted Ducks out on the lake, and as I got near the car park, a few Pochard over by Cormorant island.
I crossed the road bridge, and decided to walk round the opposite way to what I usually do. The Mallards still managed to find me though. They're pretty smart; and hungry!
Down at the top end of the lake, quite a few Wigeon, and the biggest surprise, a pair of Snipe that were feeding at the edge, but soon took to the air.
First time I've seen these here for a couple of years, so I'll have to be careful, and look out for them next time.
The gully was swan free, thankfully, and I was soon almost back at the car park.
Not before two birds caught my eye flying overhead though.
Yup, a pair of Goosander.
Some people may find the following video upsetting. I show it because this is what happens at shoots.
They call it sport.
I call it barbaric.
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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Total species 43