Cloudy start, but the sun came out later.
I took my wellies this morning, so I could reach all the feeders. All done now.
Mallards under the road bridge soon caught up with me, and are getting a bit clever now. As I walk away after feeding them, they begin to follow me again, in the hope of getting more. Crafty.
At the top end, the usual Wigeon and Coots, with a couple of Pochard.
By the gully, the path is still flooded, so a detour over the river still.
Coming round the back of the pub, two Mistle Thrush flew up into a tree.
A very distant shot, but not often I see these here, so very pleased to see them.
Under the road bridge, after being followed by the Mallards, and it was the turn of the Crows next, seeking apple tit bits.
At the far end, sitting in the bushes, was a Kingfisher. Short video, and then as I raised the camera for some pictures, he decided he'd go.
Oh well. My usual view of the bird. A blue speck.
The Robin was at his bird hide, and after feeding him, I made my way towards the rowing club, and a large flock of mixed gulls.
Now, this brings me to yesterdays question, of which bird, given the choice, would you come back as.
Some interesting answers on here, and Twitter, that included; RedKiteCarionCrowCormorantMandarinDuck, (I couldn't find that one in my bird book), a Shearwater, Waxwings, Bullfinch, Hawfinch, Mallard, Snow Goose, and Peregrine. Some good birds there, but for me, personally, I'd come back as a Great Black-backed Gull.
Big enough not to be picked on too much by other birds, great in the air, and equally at home on land, inland waters and the sea. With a diet that includes just about anything, I think it's a pretty adaptable bird. Maybe not the prettiest, but certainly an intelligence level up there with the Corvids.
Thanks to those that had a go.
Back at the lake, quite a few Pochard
and Tufted Duck alongside the rowing club. They all looked splendid in the sunshine.
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 37