Canada Geese on their way to the Lake
I got into a surprisingly quiet (human-wise) park at just turn 3pm, starting and finishing the walk on Jenner's Bank. A Mistle Thrush was singing from the top of an Oak as I made my way to the 'Old Pond'. The water levels have dropped back to normal now and the 'Old Pond' looks perfect for some wader visitors again. Today a Snipe had joined one of the Moorhen pair feeding out on the exposed mud.Next stop was the Lake, where birds of particular note included at least 17 Common Gull, 80+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Mute Swan, 3 Cormorant, several Canada Geese, and 4 female Teal - the first for the new year list, and not an easy species to find in the park - which were located by the largest island (the island where the Great Crested Grebes normally nest each year). As I made my way along the hedge-lined eastern edge of the Lake 2 flocks of Long-tailed Tits were noted, with 4 Goldcrests found amongst them. A small flock of Siskin were seen in Alders along the River Len.
With the light fading fast I returned to Jenner's Bank too see what small birds return to roost. As I stood at the top of the bank a flock of 12 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Herring Gulls flew north, 2 Jay were seen flying into the wood below, and a male Sparrowhawk circled above the Leylandii in the hope of flushing something out. 3 seperate flocks of winter thrushes flew south to roost, containg a total of 11 Redwing and 27 Fieldfare - another new bird for the year list...fantastic!!! Several Coal Tits were seen foraging with a few more Goldcrests, and 8 Greenfinch came to roost, and at least 35 Chaffinches were seen flying in also to roost.