A beautiful start to the morning; a light frost, crisp, cool and sunshine.
I headed towards the pub first, to see how things are coming along with the extension.
Scaffolding is up, and the roof sections look like they are taking shape; but not a great deal to see now.
There was a rather splendid sunrise to see though. Just a shame I couldn't get in a decent spot for some pictures.
The top arm of the lake had a few Tufted Duck and Wigeon, and Cormorants were sitting wing drying on the old boat that floats here.
I met a dog walker I see quite often, and he informed me that two male Goosander were on here on Sunday. I had a feeling they would be turning up about now. A shame I didn't see them myself.
Later in the morning someone else told me of two he had seen on the south lake earlier this morning; about the time I was looking at the pub extension. Bugger!
A pair of Mallards were busily mating up by the wall of the dam, and a Grey Heron was under the footbridge, just past the bandstand.
Quite a few Cormorants busily fishing, and some Wigeon scattered around the lake.
As I reached the road bridge, I noticed there are some new signs, to let people know where they are. A shame there isn't one advising cyclists to ring their bell as they approach people walking. Twice I was nearly run over.
They'll be wearing their Alien hats somewhere else if we ever make contact.
I crossed over the road bridge, to make my way down the south lake; the way I would normally be going.
A lone Common Gull was pretending to be rain, by stamping his feet on the ground, to hopefully bring the worms to the surface.
Never usually much to see this side of the lake in the winter, but a large bird caught my eye as I walked down the path towards a big group of Canada Geese.
A Great White Egret. The first I have seen here, although others have claimed to see them flying over.
And further along the path, coming towards me, a bunch of joggers.
Don't they know it's not a weekend?
The bottom end of the lake, more new signs. Must be a surplus of money in the coffers at the Parks Trust.
The leaves on the trees are turning some beautiful colours now, and quite a few of them are beginning to fall to the ground.
Everywhere is looking so colourful.
Towards the rowing club, a lot of gulls out on the water and on the boat jetties.
Mute Swans, Coots and Mallards, but no Goosander for me unfortunately.
Across the lake I could see the pub, and a rather large crane had appeared.
I guess this was to lift the roof parts into place.
As I passed Cormorant island, I could see a Cormorant wrestling with what looked like a large fish. I watched him for some time 'playing' with it, until I realised it wasn't a fish, but a large feather.
Maybe he was practicing with it.
Just off from the island was a group of Tufted Duck, and amongst them, a few Pochard.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Great Egret [sp] (Ardea alba)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Total species 34