In the last two days (even with everything else that is going on in my life) I have managed two brief visits to Lodge lake, despite in the frozen conditions I am glad I did as I have not only added to my year list for the area but also to my full patch list.
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to see a few LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS sitting on the ice that makes up the lake currently (in amongst the usual BLACK-HEADED GULL and COMMON (MEW) GULL). There was little else of note and I didn’t stay long, but managed the below photo which isn’t too bad and I hope gives an impression of the conditions.
Today (17th Jan) was just as cold but in one (of the two) small patch of water still on the lake along with the many mallards, a single GREAT CRESTED GREBE and a few COOT sat a lone male TUFTED DUCK (my first for the lake). Now tufties are really rare on this body of water, (4 last year in total, I believe, were recorded there) so to see one and add it to my list has made the trip worth while (unfortunately didn’t have a big lens so the pic below is heavily cropped).
|Tufted Duck and grebe|
I also managed to add two lovely male BULLFINCHES to this years year list (which incidentaly I must upload at some point) as well as a fly over HERRING GULL. Not too much else of note but worth the walk just for that, I plan on going out tomorrow with a bit more freedom (My daughter was very cold today, tomorrow she is at school).
Anyway I shall leave you today with these photos of the local swans, and a reed bed shot.