Quite a hard frost this morning. Even the car door was frozen shut, but I got in eventually.
I decided to walk round the south lake first, and try to get a decent position for the sunrise. It had the makings of a half decent one.
Once I'd got there, I found a small group of shooters, shooting at Crows, Wood Pigeons or anything else that seemed to come into range. Sad.
I left there and continued round the south lake.
Stopped off to feed the Robin, and then made my way past the rowing club. A few boats out on the lake, but not so many as usual.
A few Canada Geese were flying around.
Hopefully they kept clear of the twats with guns.
Onto the north lake, and a couple of Mallards caught up with me as I passed under the road bridge.
A good number of Grey Herons around today too.
Towards the bandstand, and the arm that runs from the footbridge, has iced over. I guess a few more cold nights, and lots more will begin to freeze over.
A Moorhen was idly walking by,
and I could hear the sound of a Water Rail coming from the nearby reeds. No sign of it though.
Up towards the wall of the dam, and the arm that goes behind the pub.
Nothing much to begin with ........... a few Wigeon, Gadwall and Coot, but as I made my way round with the sun behind me, I spotted a Shoveler. And behind him, a pair of Goosander.
In the sunlight they looked pretty good.
Good enough to take way too many pictures.
Eventually I left them to it, but not till I got a group picture with the Shoveler.
Round past the pub, and the Mallards spotted me.
A few handfuls of seed, and they were happy.
Back over the road bridge, and a quick shot of a Song Thrush, before a cyclist came down the path.
A cold, but enjoyable visit.
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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Total species 35