Finally got to fill the feeders at last.
Good to see the water level almost back to normal, so after doing the feeders, I could get round both parts of the lake. A cold morning though, and quite dull and cloudy.
No sign of Doris under the road bridge, but plenty of other birds in the bushes.
Up towards the footbridge, and the Heron was standing on the bank, looking into the water. Now I've often jokingly thought he'd dive in after a fish; and he did just that.
Unbelievable. He jumped off the bank, speared a fish, and jumped back on the side.
He toyed with it a while, and then flew to the reeds on the other side, being pursued by a gull.
Not the best of pictures, terrible light. That's my excuse.
A female Goosander was swimming around in one of the cuts, from the main lake.
It certainly made a change to be able to get round the north lake, and as I passed the Kingfisher island, I could hear a right commotion going on. Two Canada Geese were locked in combat.
Two other geese were nearby, keeping well out of it. I can only guess it was some sort of territory dispute? Nesting sites would be becoming a priority about now, and it was quite a vicious fight. very much like the disputes Mute Swans have; lots of wing flapping, neck grabbing, and thrusting the opponents head under water in an attempt to drown them.
It seemed to go on for ages, and eventually the aggressor felt he had made his point, and went to noisily join his partner, leaving the other one to noisily join his.
A couple more chases across the water, and then they seemed to settle down a bit.
At the top end, a group of Wigeon flew in to join the small group already there.
Up by the gully, it was still covered in water, and the path was passable with care.
A Pied Wagtail around by the pub, but still no sign of Doris.
I made my way under the road bridge, towards the south lake. Over on the far side, a group of Pochard, and just further along I counted three of the Scaup.
Heading towards the far end, I found a female Goldeneye. She soon flew over to the far side though.
A small group of Siskin were up in the Alders near the offices, and then I went to look for the Robin.
I found him, and he half heartily took some food from my outstretched hand, so I put the rest on the ground for him.
Down past the rowing club, and I could walk alongside the lake on the path, for a change. At the first bay, in front of the houses, another female Goosander amongst the Tufted Duck and Black-headed Gulls.
A quick look at the feeders, and then home.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 33