Like last year the weather was cool damp and grey with mist and very fine drizzle thrown in. The party this year numbered just 4. Clearly the weather had put people off. Again, without some really cold weather bird numbers were fairly low.
So what did we see? On the lake: The dabbling ducks were represented by some Wigeon, Mallard, Gadwall, and Shoveler. The diving duck representatives were Tufted, Pochard, 4 Red-Crested pochard at the Springwell Lane end, several Goldeneye both male and female all into mating display. No sawbills (smew, goosander or mergansers) or kingfisher this time. The lake also produced Coot, Moorhen, Great Crested Grebe (also thinking about nesting and mating), Canada Goose, Cormorant, Lapwing, numerous Black Headed gulls (some gaining their black heads as they come into breeding plumage), a few Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull and Mute Swan (about which more later), Finally we must mention the Little Grebe; the first I have personally ever seen on the lake and not a common bird for us.
So much for the lake what about in the trees? Blue and Great Tits, Woodpigeon and Carrion Crows were seen in the trees along with Ring-Necked Parakeets, and Magpie. We also saw Blackbirds, Starling, Robin, Chaffinch, and Nuthatch. A few grey herons were sitting on nests in the trees in the usual area (some visible from Kingfisher hide), and a Red Kite flew over the trees towards the motorway.
All in all, not too bad a morning given how quiet it was ornithologically among the trees with a tally of 32 species by the end of the morning.