My 5th visit this year, but the first post for the year.
Caldecotte is a balancing lake; it takes excess water from the sky and the river.
It's certainly doing that just now. A very wet Caldecotte again, so just the south lake, and a little bit of the north. The rest I need a boat.
Crisp, cold and sun; perfect weather.
The sun rising over a flooded lake got things off to a good start.
The river alongside the south lake has spilled over slightly, and made the footpath linking north and south impassable.
At the far end, the bird hide is flooded, but giving the Heron some new areas to explore.
The early light was pretty good too.
Quite a few Redwings were flicking their way through the fallen leaves under the shrubs and trees. A favourite spot of theirs; and sometimes Fieldfare join them too.
A flash of movement higher up, and I spotted a Goldcrest.
A bird I must try and get a decent shot of this year.
I walked down to feed the Robin, and heard a Song Thrush singing merrily high in a tree. Did my best to find him, but no luck.
A male Bullfinch though, and a Crow perched high in the tree. A Dunnock, Long Tailed Tits; and of course, the Robin.
Past the flooded rowing club.
A few Tufted Ducks out on the water, along with one of the plastic jetties.
The water level is up to the top of the fence, so thankfully the higher path meant I could get round.
More Tufted Duck in the circular areas in front of the houses, along with a few Pochard, Mallard, and a few Black-headed Gulls. A couple of Common Gulls with them too.
No sign of any Goosander though. The first time I've been this month and not seen any.
Back at the car park, and I decided to cross the road, and walk up towards the gully on the north lake.
The road is like a race track, cars rushing to wherever they are going.
Even cyclists on the path zoom up behind with no warning.
Safely across to the other side, and the path under the road bridge is flooded all the way past the pub
The workmen are back at the pub now, so probably not long till it's all finished.
A large flock of Greylag were grazing on the grass at the edge of the lake, but soon took to the safety of the lake as I got nearer.
Across to the far side, it looks like most of the footpaths are under water.
The wall of the dam is invisible; I guess the water is pouring over the top, and flooding the field beyond.
As I scanned through the flock of Greylags on the water, I found the Barnacle Goose that has been tagging along with them.
A fine looking bird.
A few Coots out on the water
one or two Gadwall, the usual Wigeon flock, and some Pochard.
A walk up to the hill overlooking the gully, and the water is level with the swollen river. One big lake now, with no sign of a gully.
I wonder how much longer the lake will be flooded.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 37