On Monday I went too the Lake to see the Swans and was shocked too see they had gone and before I got them for my year list in the Valley. There was big numbers of Wildfowl though and when I was checking the Mallard for something better I found a Green Sandpiper roosting near them. Also got 23 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 20 Mallard, 10 Cormorant and a drake Goosander and found my first Lesser Redpoll of the year. I walked right down to the bottom corner of the lake where I was hoping the swans may have been, there was no sign and when I was walking back I found this Drake Pochard which was a nice bonus. I have not seen Pochard on the lake for years. I went back today. still no swans but a lot more ice now, the Pochard is still present but no sign of the Green Sandpiper. I got 8 Little Grebes together and both Canada and Greylag present today has well. The shots are from today just incase you think I am stringing the Pochard.
It's funny how the Guelder Rose never same too get eaten and the Japanesse Knotweed looks great with frost on it .