I decided to brave the cold, wintry conditions and headed off to the Gravel Pits of Rickmansworth. Ice coverage was extensive with concentrations of waterfowl present in the few areas of open water.
Wigeon (23), Red-crested Pochard (8 including 5 drake), Ring-necked Parakeet (2), Green Woodpecker (1), Mistle Thrush (1).
Shoveler Duck (a feeding raft of c70), Goldeneye (6 including 2 drake), Lapwing (15 at rest on the ice), Common Snipe (1 over heading east), Kingfisher (1 along the River Colne), Treecreeper (2 calling birds), Siskin (c50 feeding in Alders), Greenfinch (male feeding on Dog Rose seeds), Reed Bunting (4).
Lapwing (3), House Sparrow (c30 in Hawthorn hedge).
Late in the morning, while in Rickmansworth Town Centre I noted a calling Marsh Tit from a Silver Birch adjacent the Council Offices located at North Way.