Grey Heron3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard, 4 Green Woodpeckers were noted, 2 Nuthatch were heard, 3 Treecreeper were singing, 2 Coal Tits were singing, 5 Goldcrests were noted, 2 Chiffchaffs were heard calling in the hedge running along the eastern Lake edge - the first recorded of the year, and my first ever wintering record - a Grey Wagtail was hunting insects in the Old Pond whilst a Water Rail probed the mud on the far bank, 9 Redwing were seen, 2 Jays were seen on Jenner's Bank, and a few Siskin could be heard in the alders along the River Len.
Mute SwansOf particular note on the Lake were 11 Mute Swans - the highest number I have recorded at one time - 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 male Tufted Duck, and 3 Pochard. A Cormorant flew west and a Grey Heron could be seen from the Lower Footbridge (second bridge from the Downswood entrance). The gull numbers appear to be increasing with 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls remaining on the Lake (1 first winter, and 2 adult summer plumaged birds), at least 15 Mediterranean Gulls (mostly in adult summer plumage), at least 30 Common Gulls, and around 300 Black-headed Gulls.
Lesser Black-backed Gulls