(one of the best spots for Bullfinch)
The smaller birds were a lot more active today and 6 new species were added to my list for the year. 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker were drumming during my visit, 6 Goldcrests were noted, 4 Bullfinch were found, at least 15 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare passed through the park, a Nuthatch called from the trees near to the Carriage Bridge, and a Reed Bunting was in the young Oak trees on the southern edge of the Old Cattle Area (the large area of rough grassland).
By the time I had reached the Causeway on the Lake’s eastern edge, where the only ice-free water is, the heavy snow shower was at its most blizzard-like, and conditions for scanning the Lake were very hard.
Through snow-filled binoculars I managed to spot at least 24 Pochards and 12 Tufted Duck, 2 male Teal – new for the year – 2 Mute Swan, and 17 Canada Geese. The gull flock consisted of at least 67 Black-headed Gulls and 21 Common Gulls.
Snowy Canada Goose
Foot of Jenner's Bank