A cold start to the day, a very light drizzle at times; but it didn't stop the birds.
The squirrel had made a mess of one of the peanut feeders. He'd managed to get it off the branch, get round the rod that holds the tin can lid on, and get all the nuts out. Soon had it back up on the branch though, and filled, for the birds.
As I walked away from them, after filling them all, a quick glance revealed a Great-spotted Woodpecker enjoying breakfast.
Around the footbridge, and car park area, a lot of activity. I was in danger of not getting very far round the lake; so much was going on.
A Blackbird was defending the berries on his bush, much to the annoyance of a couple of Redwing. They in turn were harassing a couple of Fieldfare that were trying to get some too. In the end, the Blackbird gave up, and the Redwings succeeded in seeing off the hapless Fieldfare. A big flock of Fieldfare flew overhead, going east to west; something that was going to happen frequently throughout the morning.
Along with all this activity, a lone Goldcrest was quickly moving through the branches, searching for insects.
Under the road bridge, a group of noisy Mallards were making their presence felt, a party of Cormorants were fishing, and further round a small group of Long Tailed Tits were noisily calling as they worked their way through the tree tops.
A big flock of Wood Pigeon flew overhead, followed by a good number of Lapwing.
More Fieldfare followed them. The skies were quite busy.
Up at the dam, a group of Black-headed Gulls lined up along the concrete, and further along, more Cormorants, and a couple of Grey Heron.
At the gully, Canada Geese were milling around, and over by the far shore, half a dozen Wigeon.
Walking past the pub, a couple of Mute Swans, and a group of Mallards flew over to see if I had food.
Going round the south lake, much quieter; apart from a few boats now going up and down. More Fieldfare flew overhead, and even the sun tried to make an appearance, but decided against it in the end.
At the far end I had a quick look through the railway arch, into the fields.
Lots of Rooks, Crows, Wood Pigeon, and Starlings, all frantically searching the ground for any seed left behind after the combine had cut the crop.
Even a few Skylark were flying about, and a Buzzard sat minding his own business up in a tree, until a couple of Rooks decided to move him on.
Back at the lake, up on the power lines that run alongside the railway, a Kestrel sat hunched up.
He sat still for some time, despite me wandering around below taking pictures.
A quick look round the bird hide revealed a couple of Mute Swans swimming with the Mallards and Coots, and as I made my way back towards the path, a Blackcap in the bushes, with a Robin.
Back along the footpath, past the rowing club, lots of gulls were gathering in the distance. A few people had stopped to feed the ducks, and the gulls were quickly there, searching and stealing what they could.
More winter thrushes flew overhead, and I soon found myself back at the car park.
One last quick look, and there were at least half a dozen Blackbirds, eight Collared Doves, and four Wood Pigeon all milling around the footbridge.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sky Lark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 40