After overnight rain, it then rained for all of today, not particularly heavy rain, but a steady miserable rain that just added to my already waterlogged and flooded patch :-(
It wasn't until after noon that I finally got out, but it was more to get some fresh air than to do much in the way of birding, it was thoroughly miserable out there!
I was only out for an hour, and just walked over to the lakes and back, via the Ashes lane Field, where I saw the female KESTREL hunting, a couple of MEADOW PIPITS were also of note on the weedier part of the field.
As I arrived at the lakes I had my fingers crossed that my first Grey Heron of 2014 would at last be seen, but it wasn't to be, however there were 4 GOOSANDER on the main lake, one of those a striking looking male, very nice :-) The pair of COOTS and the pair of MUTE SWANS were on the ornamental lake, and the KINGFISHER flew from one lake to the next, a CORMORANT sat at the top of a bankside tree, while MALLARDS and MOORHENS made up what was seen on the water bodies.
I headed of home again, wet and muddy....again......will it ever stop raining for gods sake!! No looks to be the answer to that question, with the last 2 days of January looking to have more rain arriving :-(
Certainly no photo's today!