Steve Carter and myself spent the late morning and early afternoon birding a few of our local patches adding to our annual species list.
The majority of water at Maple Lodge was frozen over with the exception of the Clubhouse Lake where a small area of open water remained. Here waterfowl were congregated with a single Little Grebe putting in a brief appearance.
A Ring-necked Parakeet was noted at the feeding station as 2 Siskin were observed briefly overhead.
At Stockers Lake 3 Goosander were noted on the River Colne as was single Water Rail, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Little Egret. On the lake itself a few Goldeneye were feeding on a small area of open water at the south end and a single Egyptian Goose was busily preening on an island. At Bury Lake, which also held a small area of open water, a pair of Red-crested Pochard, c12 Wigeon and c60 Canada Geese were observed.
Goosander (male) on the River Colne at Stockers Lake.
Tufted Duck on the River Colne at Stockers Lake.