I could get round the lake.
The levels have gone down a lot; most of the paths around the lake are accessible, apart from up at the gully, and under the feeders it's mostly just muddy.
I could top them all up this morning, apart from a couple, which hopefully I can do tomorrow.
The fallen tree has gone, and the one next to it, has been cut right back. It was in a dodgy state, but I'm told it will soon recover.
Something I've been thinking about recently, is, if you could come back as a bird, what would you choose to be?
Imagine there are no more humans left, and you get a chance to come back as a bird.
Anyone of the 300 odd ones we get here. A regal Swan, perhaps? A small songbird? Remember whatever you choose, you'll not be hunted, poisoned or shot by humans, so you could even pick a bird of prey.
You'll maybe have to think about the need to be adaptable, or intelligent.
I'll let you know my choice tomorrow.
I may well ask questions of such magnitude in the future.
I may not though, especially if I don't think of any.
But, back to today.
All the usual regulars were here on the north lake; the various tits, Blackbirds, lots of gulls, and a Crow busily harassing a Sparrowhawk overhead.
At the top end, the path by the gully was still bad, so a detour over the river, and up by the pub. A lot of Canada Geese grazing there, and pretty soon the Mallards came over, as I walked along the path.
After feeding them, I made my way towards the south lake; and the Crows.
Through the binoculars, over on the far side, I could see a pair of Goosander, lots of Tufted Duck, and quite a few Pochard.
A good number of mixed gulls too, bobbing around on the water.
A quick look in the field at the far end, had hundreds of mixed Crows and Wood Pigeons. A great sight to see.
After feeding the Robin by the bird hide, I was soon heading towards the rowing club.
I watched the pair of Goosander for a while, and noticed the female starting to lay prostrate on the water. Mating time? Well, the male seemed more interesting in preening and drinking, so no action for him yet.
I've noticed in the past though, the males seem to need a lot of encouragement; unlike Mallards that seem to perform at the drop of a hat, or bob of the beak.
The path round by the houses is now negotiable too, but not many birds in the bays; and finally I was back at the car park.
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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 35