An enjoyable walk round the lake this morning, and despite the dull conditions, managed to see some good birds.
After leaving some leftover grapes and bread for the birds on the grass in front of the car park, myself and Whisky headed for the north lake.
A Buzzard flew over heading north, and shortly after a Red Kite was flying in the opposite direction. A good start.
Plenty of Herons about.
Whisky seems fascinated by these large birds.
I began to meet a few other dog owners as we made our way round, which is good for the boy to socialise with other dogs. All of today's dogs were friendly, but sadly sometimes the odd few aren't so pleased to see other dogs.
At the top end of the north lake, a few Wigeon; but nothing like the usual numbers at this time of year. Some Tufted Ducks, Coots and a few Mallards were the rest, and at the gully, near the weir, a Grey Wagtail.
As I got passed the pub, amongst a group of Canada Geese, was a lone Barnacle Goose.
I'd seen him here a couple of days ago, when I walked over here with Whisky.
A group of Mallards flew over, apparently recognising me as the 'seed man'.
A couple of handfuls for them thrown on the ground, and as we walked away to let them feed in peace, they were quickly joined by some Crows.
Up to the south lake, and a couple of men with some measuring instruments were looking busy.
Surely not surveying to build houses?
My curiosity got the better of me, so I asked.
Seems they were from Anglia Water, and they measure the dam every year about this time, to see if it has moved. I was surprised to learn that the 'dam' was the grass bank we were walking on.
Well, you learn something every day.
At the far end, an orange flash caught my eye.
A Kingfisher flew into one of the bushes at the side of the water.
Not the best of shots, but you can see what it is. I'm not one to pay money and sit in a hide to get close.
I walked up to where I used to feed the Robin, to leave some seed for him.
No sign of him, but I left some seed anyway. Something will eat it.
Towards the rowing club, and a group of Tufted Duck were swimming away from the edge as I got nearer.
A single male Pochard was with them.
As I neared the big houses, and the end of our walk, out amongst the gulls and Coots on the water, was a male Goosander.
As I walked round to the side where he was, he inevitably drifted back to the side I'd come from. Typical!!
I watched him for a while, and a group of House Sparrows taking a bath in a puddle,
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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Red Kite [sp] (Milvus milvus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Total species 34