A sunny, and frosty morning; perfect.
I fed the Crows and Magpies with their digestive biscuits, and then headed off to the north lake.
Passing under the road bridge, I saw the electric blue flash of a Kingfisher, as he swept past towards the reeds.
A small group of Mallards soon turned up, and after feeding them, I carried on up towards the footbridge.
No sign of the Grey Heron there this morning, but in the cut of water that runs into the lake, 3 Goosander were happily swimming around.
Along the wall of the dam, quite a large number of Black-headed Gulls, and one or two Common Gulls in the water. Behind the wall, a Grey Wagtail was seeking out any insects that were around.
On the arm of the lake behind the pub, 7 more Goosander were amongst the Coots and Wigeon.
Four of them
The gully had no prisoners today, so I carried on round, so the sun was behind me, to get a better look at the Goosander.
Seven of the 10
Plenty of Greylags and Canada Geese were taking to the air by now, and I began searching through them for another goose.
A couple of days ago I walked behind the lake, and by some fields, A group of Greylags were feeding, and amongst them was a Barnacle Goose.
Would he be here with these?
After a few more pictures, he left to join the rest of the gaggle.
I rather like this one. Not pin sharp, but it has a few of the Goosanders in the frame too.
I carried on round past the pub; some more Mallard feeding, and then onto the south lake.
At the far end, a small group of mixed gulls, and then on to where the Robin hangs out.
After feeding him, I set off towards the boat club.
Another Kingfisher swept past, and a Little Grebe quickly dived and disappeared.
Oh well, pictures another time maybe.
Past the houses, and the group of Coots, and a small number of Pochard.
A good morning.
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)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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 Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 37