The NE corner held the most open water and this is where the aythya flock was gathered, though I could only find Tufted Duck and Pochard and just a single Great-crested Grebe.
The gulls were gathered in small groups, with many either standing or sitting on the ice. One group on the east side held a number of LWHG, including a 2w Yellow-legged Gull. Even at distance it stood out, with a largely dark grey mantle and scaps; obviously dark greater coverts forming a rectangle that contrasted with much lighter median and lesser coverts; dark tertials with broad white tips and quite leggy. It was quite a large bird, obviously larger than accompanying Lesser Black-backs. I walked around the lake to get closer and take some record shots, but inevitably, whilst doing so, it had flown off! In fact quite a few of the gulls had started to depart, but I noticed a Herring Gull with an orange darvic ring on its left leg. It appeared to be marked with '1652', which would make it a FERA ringed bird from somewhere in the UK, but I am still investigating.
|With 3 Great Black-backs|
Otherwise not much to note - Shelduck numbered 5, with 2 pairs and another male and a Common Snipe was foraging on the spit. I've added Greenfinch and Dunnock to the yearlist, which I seem to have omitted, but definitely saw today!