Started cold, and then the sun came out. It didn’t seem any warmer, but it certainly made it a beautiful morning.
I topped up the car park bridge with seed, then fed the ducks under the road bridge, spotted the Water Rail, and then made my way round the north lake.
Most of it is still frozen, save for a small area at the top end, near the weir. This was packed with Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Mallard and Coot. A few Moorhen wandering across the ice, and lots of Crows and Rooks, flying west to east. The gulls were flying east to west; maybe they should swap food locations, and save some energy.
The pub produced the Crows, and Mallards, that wanted feeding, so after doing that, I made my way round the south lake. No sign of the Bittern today, but at the bottom of the lake, by the railway line, over 50 Siskin kept me amused for over half an hour; an added bonus was an appearance by the sun.
Down by the fancy houses, the unfrozen area seems to have grown. Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mute Swans, Black Swans, Wigeon, Pochard; everything was crammed into the area, and a selection of gulls too. I think everything worth seeing is right here.
Eventually got to the car park bridge, topped up the seed again, and made my way back home.
What a great Christmas, in great company.
I’ll leave you with a Christmas Robin.
and with YouCrap being an arse on Christmas, a Vimto vid instead.
Christmas Day from holdingmoments on Vimeo.
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)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 44