The weather was dull, and drizzly rain for a while; but the birds were bright.
I walked the south lake first, to have a look at the sizeable gull roost. And very noisy it was too.
Once it got lighter, I scanned through the remaining birds, but they were mostly Black-headed Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed.
A very distant glimpse of the Smew just off the island, and three female Goosander down by the rowing club. A couple of Little Grebe diving around there too.
Onto the north lake, and the Great Northern Diver was out in the middle of the lake.
Plenty of Tufted Duck, and a Grey Wagtail flying along the edge.
Up by the weir end, all the usual Wigeon, Coots and geese; and in the distance, a couple of boats heading their way. I watched as they got closer, sending all the birds skyward.
The occupants dragged their boats up the grassy slope, and I thanked Captain Ahab for clearing the water of birds.
He told me that's what the lake was for.......kayaks. He knew this, he told me, because he was part of the council.
Aaaaa, that must be a spare part for the council then.
I made my way back towards the car park, and caught a glimpse of the 'diver', heading up towards the south lake.
I guess he was keeping out of the spare parts way.
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)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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
A sort of double post today.
I've cobbled a few of the video highlights from this year, together, and come up with the following video. It's a bit long; around 14 minutes.
Some of the other highs from the year, that didn't make it, for various reasons, (mainly I couldn't find them on my hard drive), and in no particular order, were,
The Black Swan. Always a favourite of mine, when they turn up. He appeared for 3 days in January, and once in March.
The Bittern; two appearances in January.
The Great Crested Grebe weed dance. Fantastic to watch, and so glad I managed to capture it on video. Buggered if I know where it is though.
The Water Rail, January and November, just the two appearances for me.
Black Tailed Godwit. He stayed for all of ten minutes on the 6th January, before disappearing.
The injured Common Gull. I first spotted him at the far end of the south lake, on the 22nd February. He looked as though he'd broken his wing, and I though he'd never survive the winter. To my amazement, he swam down to Cormorant island, where he stayed, and seemed to make good progress; and then after about 6 months, he just vanished.
The Black Terns. They were here for a few days in May, on the south lake.
The Lesser Whitethroat, that turned up on one day, at the end of April.
and finally the Brambling, that enjoyed the feeders by the footbridge, and stayed until almost the end of April.
Probably just as well that I didn't include them, the video would have lasted forever!
Oh yea, and the last video.
A sort of outtakes thing.
Doing a running commentary, I sometimes slip up, and the odd word slips in. Usually an expletive of some sort.
Most got sent to the bin, and a cleaner version got posted.
Some I kept for some reason. I had this idea of doing this video, mainly for myself, so if you don't like the odd word; it's usually bollocks, then don't watch it.
Anyway, have a great New Year.