After myself and Whisky had our usual early morning walk, I decided we'd take a wander over the lake.
Cloudy start to the morning, with a chill in the air.
Not many people about this morning, but we did meet a couple of early morning dog walkers, so Whisky had a good time running around.
There's been a Black Swan here for a few days, so I managed a couple of shots.
A shame the sun wasn't shining.
Shortly after seeing him/her, I spotted 3 Goosanders ............. 2 males and 1 female.
While I was doing a bit of video, a Kingfisher happened to fly into view too.
One of the strangest things I saw this morning was a Musk Mallow, in flower, on Christmas Day.
These usually flower in June. The weather really has gone crazy.
Quite a few Canada Geese around this morning, plus the usual group of Mallards 'quacking' for some food. Good that Whisky doesn't go charging after them either.
Not very much else as I walked the south lake, until I reached the far end.
I decided to walk alongside the bushes by the railway line for a change; glad I did.
A small group of Lesser Redpoll were feeding on some seed heads of what I think was Rosebay Willowherb.
By the time I reached the rowing club, it was starting to rain, thankfully not too much.
A quick look round the hedges back at the car park, but nothing extra to see.
One thing though. This time of the year, the cold and frost, would have killed of the growth of nettles. Not at the moment though.
The grass was full of new shoots of nettles pushing through. Makes me wonder if it will smother the Primroses and Cowslip in the spring.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
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)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)
Total species 31