A very quick visit to the south lake today, after our usual early morning walk and run, in the hope of getting a half decent sunrise.
A sizeable gull roost stretching between the two islands this morning, but too dark in the early light to see much. The boats were making an early start too, and by the time it was light enough for pictures, the gulls had left.
On to the field under the railway arch for the sunrise, and another disappointment.
No where near as good as I'd hoped. Oh well, at least Whisky was getting a good walk this morning.
I started to walk back to the car park, and overhead about 40 Lapwings were circling around. A nice surprise.
Maybe they'd flown over from Willen Lake.
Around by the houses and my second surprise of the morning.
A male Goosander.
I hadn't noticed him earlier when I walked down to the far end of the lake.
Just the one today; the early light not as good as it is now .................... bright sunshine as I do this.
Finally, almost back at the car park, and a group of Daffodils caught my eye.
Spring bulbs in December, crazy.
The weather has gone mad this year, it's been so mild.
Someone who's probably enjoying the mild winter weather at the moment though, along with his pals, was this Robin.
No snow yet. Something to sing about.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Total species 25