My central heating comes on briefly of a morning (to get the chill off as i'm preparing for work). As today's Sunday @ 6:30 (don't ask) I nipped downstairs to turn it back on and make myself a cuppa, an hour later I was laying in bed and thought that it felt nippy out there - DOH! some idiot made the tea but left the heating off!!
Around 9 I wandered off to Amwell. Boy it was a little nippy and the main lake had a lot of ice on it with the Lapwing standing on the ice!
The drake Smew (a really lovely little duck) was way over the other side but the female and a pair of Goldeneye were showy and there were a few snipe in the reeds.
Off to the feeding station. Reed buntings were joining the Tits.
There was a big flock of Siskin in the woods and I was pleased to find a few Lesser Redpoll.
As I was leaving a Sparrowhawk flew over the train line.
on to Rye Meads which was very frozen over. Still a few Bullfinch about and the one lake with any water had a Little Grebe. And I wasn't moaning when a Kingfisher flew in front of Tern hide!
A Buzzard was soaring as I left. A nice spot of local birding.