Cold, but the snow is slowly starting to thaw.
I chanced it in the car this morning; carrying a heavy bag of bird seed is a bit much at times.
A quick look at Cormorant island first, and five Goosanders flew overhead. Round in the bay, in front of the houses, half a dozen more.
Feeders done, Crows fed, Doris and her gang sorted, I made my way round the north lake. The Grey Heron's usual spot under the footbridge was empty today. Most of the water here has frozen over. Further round, one of the houses had a large bush full of red berries. A magnet for Waxwings two years ago. Not now. The Fieldfares have stripped all the berries in the last two days.
I got a phone call. Trevor had arrived in the car park, so I made my way back to meet him. There had been a report yesterday of a couple of Scaup; maybe we would see them.
Up to the dam, and a couple of Goosanders off in the distance, along with Wigeon, Tufted and a few Gadwall. A Kingfisher flew off to the distant bushes, and perched for a while.
South lake seemed very quiet, until Trevor spotted a group of Scaup in the distance.
The number had grown to seven. Five females and two males.
Great to see these rare visitors at the lake.
We watched them for a while, and then a small group flew off over the lake.
On towards the far end, and Fieldfares were flying overhead in small groups.
A quick look through the railway arch, and quite a few mixed Crows on the ground.
A few yellow flashes caught my eye, and as we moved forward to investigate, all was revealed. Yellowhammers. Great to see these here, and amongst them, a male Pheasant.
Making our way to see the Robin, there were more Fieldfares flying overhead, Redwings, Blackbirds and Fieldfares flicking through the fallen leaves, and up in one of the trees, a Jay.
Robin fed, we made our way back towards the car park.
Lots of Tufted Duck, Pochard and Wigeon out on the water, and as we got round by the houses, Goosander.
We counted a dozen swimming out towards Cormorant island. I've no idea the total number seen today, but certainly a lot.
Last look at the feeders, and then home for a hot coffee. Excellent morning.
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)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Yellowhammer [sp] (Emberiza citrinella)
Total species 47