2 Coal Tits were in a mixed tit flock along Laurel Walk, 3 Goldcrest were seen, 4 Nuthatch were noted, 2 Treecreeper were heard calling from the Alder Carr along the River Len, 6 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noted – with 3 of them being heard drumming, 3 Green Woodpeckers were seen, 4 Jay was seen around the wet meadow area, a Bullfinch was heard calling along Laurel Walk, 4 Siskins were seen flying west over the River Len, a particularly handsome male Kestrel was hunting over the wet meadow area, and a male Sparrowhawk was seen flying north.
1 of the resident pair of domestic farmyard goose
(thought it made a nice photo...shame about the ice in the background)
The lake was about 85% iced over. Birds of particular note that had remained on the Lake were 2 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, and 1 Cormorant. The gull flock produced at least 106 Black-headed Gulls, 31 Common Gulls, and 1 juvenile Herring Gull. 4 Grey Herons, 2 Kingfishers and 1 Little Egret could be seen along the River Len and a Water Rail called from a clump of reeds on the eastern edge of the Lake.