Tuesday 24th - about 65% of the water was covered with thin ice first thing.
A pair of pochard were new in and joined the existing pochard in the middle of the lake. The other pochard by the dam was also still in place. Teal not seen today.
Mallard (238), coot (30), tufted duck (28), Canada goose (24), mute swan (6), whooper swan (1), moorhen (10), goosander (2 - 1m/1f), pochard (4), kingfisher (2).
The female pochard was not seen today.
Mute swan (6), goosander (3 - all female), pochard (3), little grebe (2), kingfisher (1), grey wagtail (2), also Canada geese, mallard, tufted duck, moorhen & coot, not counted today.
Thursday 26th - cold wind blowing from the south
Two herring gulls (1 adult/1 sub-adult) were new for the year and a flock of 30 goldfinches were flying between areas of woodland to the south-west of the lake.
Coot (26), goosander (7 -3m/4f), Canada goose (16), pochard (3), whooper swan (1), mute swan (6), tufted duck (25), moorhen (10), cormorant (1), little grebe (1), common gull (1), herring gull (2), teal (2) also mallard and black-headed gulls.