19th November. It wasn’t as cold as I had expected when I followed the path down to the lake, past trees still holding their autumnal colours, if a little faded now. The skies were blue, but the sunlight was already weak and low in the sky. Despite the chill in the air such days are in my opinion far superior to the damp dowdy days we have had during recent summers.
There were approaching 130 Canada Geese in the field by the smaller lake, and more of them on and beside the larger lake, so in total approaching 150 Canada Geese, not far short of the largest number I’ve seen here. The Canada Geese were joined by 6 Greylag Geese. Notable birds on the lake included 1 male Shoveler, 2 pairs of Gadwall, 1 pair of Goosander, 1 pair of Goldeneye and a late remaining Great Crested Grebe. Happily the Great Crested Grebes have had another successful breeding year on the lake as many photographers will be aware. Most of the gulls were gathered on the still frozen corner of the smaller lake.
On my return most of the Canada Geese were on the water of the smaller lake with the 6 Greylag Geese and most of the ice had disappeared and the gulls had dispersed.