A dull, windy walk round the lake today, and very mild too.
No chance of a decent sunrise this morning, far too cloudy. It was difficult to pick out much from the gull roost either. Could do with a searchlight on mornings like this.
A few Redwings left their roost, 'tseeping' as they flew overhead.
No sign of the Mallards under the road bridge, so I soon made my way to the footbridge favoured by the Heron. He was sharing this morning, with a Little Egret.
It must be a good spot for fish, because a group of Cormorants frequently fish there, which in turn stirs up the fish near the footbridge, which then makes easy pickings for the waiting Heron. Clever these birds.
Not much up by the wall of the dam, save for a few gulls, so I quickly made my way towards the arm that goes at the back of the pub.
Usually a few birds here, and yesterday there were 3 Goosanders reported.
(Sunday there were seven flying around, but with the disruption from the weekend boats, they didn't land.)
Not been so many, so far this year. I think it's because it has been so mild, maybe they're staying on the rivers; anyway, what do I know.
As I climbed the steps, and reached the top, I could see four. Three males and a female.
A lot of Canada Geese there too, and above the noise of the wind, I could hear them getting ready for take-off.
It wasn't long before the Goosanders had the same idea too.
Past the pub, and the Mallards decided to seek me out. I fed them, and made my way towards the road bridge, and the south lake. Followed by three Crows, so they had a few handfuls of seed too.
At this rate, I'm going to have to bring a sack of bird food with me.
South lake was pretty quiet; but the hedge trimmers have been out in force, laying waste to anything that doesn't move. Brambles and shrubs, sadly no more.
A few Wigeon in the bays in front of the houses, and that was about it.
Dry, but very windy.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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 Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Total species 27