Got my first Grey Heron of the year at approx 0930 hrs flying over main road in Shelf. Started off in Harold Park at 0945 hrs with 11 Blackbird and 2 Redwing, again an annual tick.
Jug Dam was frozen over with a couple of Moorhen chasing each other on the grass and a stationary Canada Goose which didn't look in the best of health. There were 7 Greenfinch, few Goldfinch and in the distance a singing song Thrush.
On the lake were 2 male & 1 female Goosander, pr GC Grebe, 2 Herring & 1 LBB Gulls alongside the multitude of smaller ones.
Mute Swan have made a return with 2 birds actively swimming around and this individual that never moved during my time spent there.
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Park Dam was quiet and it appears the icy conditions have put paid to the Little Grebe as none were seen nor heard. c90 Canada Goose, the Herring & LBB gulls also paid a visit from HPL. More smaller gulls, c10 pr Tufted Duck, Moorhens, Coots, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Blackbird, Blue Tits, Starlings.
I noticed throughout the trek that House Sparrows were much in evidence in 3 locations, bucking the national trend still which is good.