but I didn't get the Snipe on video.
After the weekends snow, the main roads weren't too bad; just the side roads where I live, so I decided to walk over today.
Haven't been over the weekend, so I wasn't sure what to expect.
I loaded a bag with some food, and set off just after six. After arriving in darkness still, I was amazed to find the Mallards flying over when I reached the road bridge.
I fed them, and made my way to the feeders.
As I walked down to them, a Little Egret flew overhead. I'm guessing it may have roosted on Cormorant island.
What I found interesting, was that there were no Crows or Magpies waiting by the car park. I think they recognise the car first, and because I was walking, they didn't take any notice. Soon changed once it got light though, and they quickly came down as usual.
Off round the north lake, and the usual birds around. Under the road bridge, were three Goosanders; a good start.
On up towards the next footbridge, and the regular Tufted, Coot and Heron, but no sign of the Goldeneye today.
At the top end, plenty of Greylag and Canada Geese, and some more Goosander.
Standing watching them, a Snipe took to the air, circled round, and quickly settled again.
Past the pub, and everything seemed very quiet. The Mallards flew over again, and I set off round the south lake.
All the way down to the far end, there were large groups of Fieldfare and Redwing flying overhead.
At the far end I had a quick look at the Corvids in the field, and then on to the Robin at the bird hide.
He was waiting, so I quickly fed him, looked through the mixed gulls, and then set off towards the rowing club.
Up in the bushes were plenty of Redwing,
and even more Fieldfare.
Around by the houses was a large group of Fieldfare,
doing a good impression of Waxwings as they ate the rose hips on a large bush,
much to the disgust of a Mistle Thrush.
Finally, one last look at the feeders, and what appeared to be a young Rat, was sat on top of one of the peanut feeders. He didn't move as I got close, and he seemed to have a large area of fur missing from the back.
He didn't look in the best of health.
Finally, it was time for the long walk back home.
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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
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)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus 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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 42