19th Nov. Bright sunshine but strikingly cold today I met up with Sam down by the lake. Frost remained in a few areas where the sun had not managed to break through. The smaller of the lakes held a good number of birds including a pair of Wigeon, two pairs of Shoveler and five Gadwall, three of the latter birds being male. Perhaps there were three pairs and we missed one of the females. Whilst I remember the odd Wigeon visiting the lake years ago it is a species that vanished for some years and it is only in recent times that they have made a return. Gadwall and Shoveler (I’ve given in and have begun to spell Shoveler with one l) are both quite new species to the lake in recent years. Other species included Mute Swans, numbers now dramatically reduced by the measures taken to ensure that this occurred, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard and Tufted Duck.
The larger lake by contrast to the smaller was very quiet indeed. A few Mute Swans, one male Goosander, a Great Crested Grebe, a lone Cormorant and a lone Pochard were easily found on a quiet lake surface. Approximately ninety Canada Geese were in two parties at the far end of the lake and an odd Greylag Goose was amongst them. Gulls seen were Black Headed, Common and Herring. A single male Reed Bunting was seen in the trees by the side of the lake and not far from here a Grey Heron moved to and fro along the edge of the water to avoid us. A return walk through the trees brought little, apart from calling Long-tailed Tits hidden somewhere in the tree tops.