I was up early this morning, cold but clear skies; the plan was to go down the south lake, see the gull roost, and get the sunrise.
As I got to the lake it was thick cloud, and after crossing the road bridge, to go south, the rain started. Light at first, then heavier, then sleet, then snow, then .............
I could make out the gull roost in the distance, much too dark for any decent video; although I did try. There were nine Goosander this morning though, swimming about over by the rowing club. Six males, three females. I was hoping to get some pictures once I got round there.
By now, as I reached the railway arch into the field, the rain was getting heavier, and changing from rain, to sleet to snow and then back. An awful morning to be walking around in, and I was getting soaked.
A few Fieldfares were up in the same tree at the edge of the field, but I couldn't see any Redwing with them this morning. The real stars though, were the Crows. Hundreds. Rooks, Jackdaws and Crows, swirling around like a Starling murmaration.
I watched them for a while, and then decided the best plan would be to head home.
As I got to the rowing club, a female Goosander flew off to the far end. I couldn't see any sign of the rest, so I assumed they'd split up from their big group, and spread out on the lake.
Probably right, because as I got near the houses, a male flew off into the distance, and further round, another was making his way towards the centre of the lake.
A very quick look over to Cormorant island as I passed, and there were quite a group of Tufted Duck, along with some Pochard and Coots.
A lousy morning, but great to see so many Goosander.
(and now the sun is shining; bloody typical!)
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
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 Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Total species 25