Apparently we had overnight rain; I didn't notice.
A lot of the snow has thawed, and gone, but left behind very icy footpaths.
At least the frozen lake has pretty much thawed though, so the birds have more room.
Heading up towards the north lake, something caught my eye as it flew overhead.
A Shelduck. A first for me here, and I managed some very distant video as it headed south.
Further up at the top end, three Goosanders were swimming around, and plenty of geese towards the far end, where it has thawed considerably since yesterday.
And the sun was beginning to shine.
Round towards the pub, and Doris and her gang flew in to meet me.
And follow me.
All the way round to the road bridge, despite putting seed down about five times.
She is persistent.
South lake, and the sun was shining strongly now.
I could see the Scaup up ahead, along with a lot of Tufted Duck. Hopefully some pictures in sunlight?
Saturday is boat day, and everything was soon up in the air as the boats ploughed through the water.
A quick look at the Crows in the field, and then on to see Robin.
Some video again, as he took some seed from my hand.
Back towards the car park, and as I got past the houses, large flocks of Tufted Duck were by Cormorant island in the sun.
Maybe the Scaup were amongst them?
Maybe, but they all suddenly took to the air as someone went by on the footpath.
As I reached the path opposite where they were, groups were beginning to glide down and settle.
Pochard, Coot, Tufted Duck, and ..... yes, there were a couple of Scaup.
Another great morning.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Total species 39