Not a bad start to the morning; but the lake is still flooded.
It's gone down a bit since yesterday, but I still can't get to the feeders. Maybe in a couple of days if we don't get any more rain.
Unfortunately if the rising and falling water levels keeps happening, it's not going to help the soon to be nesting birds around the edges, and later, in the reeds.
The north lake was a no go, so just the south this morning.
As I made my way towards the road bridge to look for Doris, I disturbed a Sparrowhawk finishing off the remains of a kill. Hard to tell what it once was; and no sign of Doris either.
Onto the south lake, and in the distance I could see the Scaup amongst a group of Pochards. A group of boats were out too, so the views of the Scaup were short lived, as everything took to the air, and began flying around overhead.
As I made my way to the far end, a pair of Great Crested Grebes were looking as though they were about to perform the weed dance. Just as they dived though, one of the boats came cruising up to where they had been. The end of that ritual. And still the group of birds were flying round overhead. They must use up a lot of energy.
I just missed another pair performing the 'head waggle', who were nearer to the far end, and safe from boats. In the distance a couple of Teal, and as I reached the far end, a pair of Mute Swans swam over hoping for food. They didn't seem impressed with the seed I had. I think they're more used to bread.
A small group of Long Tailed Tits were busily working their way through the bushes searching for insects.
Round to where the Robin usually is, but for the second day, no sign of him. I left some seed anyway, and scanning the water I found one of the male Scaup along with some Tufted Duck, and three Gadwall.
Past the busy rowing club, and then around the bays in front of the houses.The final bay had another male Scaup, and past Cormorant island, a group of Pochard.
Not a bad morning in the end.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Total species 27