A quick visit just round the north lake today; the weather guessers are saying we have a lot of rain coming and strong winds. Bye bye fence then.
I wasn't greeted by the usual gang of Mallards at first, and I was beginning to wonder where they were. They soon turned up eventually though, so after feeding them I could happily go on my way.
Spots of rain were beginning to fall as I made my way towards the footbridge up by the bandstand. The Grey Heron was in his usual place, fishing successfully, but three Little Egrets were more interested in chasing each other around. They finally settled over in the reeds.
The work on the pub seems to have stopped for the holiday period, so I guess they'll be back in the new year.
Another Heron stood alongside one of the new fishing signs.
The right side.
(a screen grab from the video; he wouldn't stay long enough for a picture by camera)
Seems his understanding of the language is better than some of the Eastern European poachers that visit here.
The arm at the top end had the usual Coots, Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Gadwall, and then I spotted 3 Goosander. Two females, and one male.
Down towards the gully, and I noticed the river was beginning to spill over the bank. A good sign for the gully prisoners maybe?
Yes! No sign of the stranded cygnet, so hopefully he can spend Christmas with his family now.
A small flock of Canada Geese flew overhead, and I was soon making my way to the road bridge.
By now the wind was increasing, and so was the rain.
Time to go.
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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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 25
Update on the wind:
As I do this, the first fence panel has left a post.