What a difference a day makes.
Yesterdays walk was cold, but blue sky and sunshine; today was cold, grey sky and snow.
The first snowfall of the year, and the first that Whisky has ever seen.
We set off about 9:30, and headed towards Kents Hill.
Looks so much better draped in the white stuff.
On past the Hilton Hotel, and up towards the field where Whisky has a good run around.
This sloping, waterlogged field has been earmarked for some house building.
I expect the new owners will wonder why they flood when it rains .......... poor buggers.
Whisky enjoying the snow.
He couldn't understand how snowballs suddenly vanished when they hit the ground.
After Whisky's quick run here, I decided to go across the road, and down alongside the Open University.
All the usual birds were about, and quite a few people walking their dogs too.
Must be the weather.
Pretty soon we were at Walton Lake, and what a difference from yesterday.
Still frozen, but no sun; instead snow, but the Mute Swan was still there.
Whisky was having such a good time running around, we decided to carry on to the north end of Caldecotte Lake.
I'm glad we did, because the Black Swan that was here up until the last day of last year has returned.
Quite distant pictures, but good to see him/her again.
A quick look along the arm that goes behind the pub found Pochard, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Coots and some Cormorants, amongst others.
We turned, and made our way back home.
A very enjoyable walk.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Total species seen 33