Gone are the days when Jan 1st saw me diving all over the place in an effort to see all i could birdwise.
So today saw me saunter down to Killy lake for a wander and gawk at one and all. Cold but clear on arrival at the lake, which was partly frozen, but covered in 100+ Tufted Ducks and a similar amount of Coots.
Scanning around about 40 Mute swans and 20 Canada geese with smaller numbers of Mallard, Pochard, Shoveler, and singles of Scaup, Goosander and a slack handful of Moorhen.
Good numbers of BH Gulls, some ringed, and decent amount of Common and Herring gulls.
The woods, church, and village had plenty of mixed birds Blackbirds, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Blue, Long Tailed, and Great tits, Dunnock and Robin with Corvids and Starlings, Pigeons adding to the tally.
Several species displaying, and the familiar "Teacher Teacher" call of the Great Tit seemed to be all over. First Snowdrops of the year were in bloom, and good crack with a few like minded souls out enjoying the day.