MONDAY 11 JANUARY
Temperatures climbed to 2 degrees C today, inducing a very slight thaw. Ice remains instilled on most bodies of water though and birds are still struggling.
SHARDELOES LAKE (BUCKS)
A Common Kestrel was on the outskirts of Old Amersham, whilst I failed to locate the two Blackcaps by the Lodges. The open water at the west end of the main lake had increased somewhat but the 5 Mute Swans were nowhere to be found. The lonely single Atlantic Canada Goose was still present, along with 5 Mallard, 28 GADWALL, 6 NORTHERN POCHARD, 12 Tufted Ducks, 49 Coot and a single Little Grebe. I managed to successfully entice the birds over and fed them.
Raptors included single Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel (male) and Eurasian Sparrowhawk, whilst the resident pair of Stock Doves were displaying. A Green Woodpecker was also seen, as well as a charm of 18 Goldfinches.