Thursday morning was quite beautiful. Very cold and yet bright and sunny. We walked around Westport Lake not once but twice. We stopped for a warming mug of coffee in the Visitor Centre between the two. Second time around we walked along the towpath of the Trent and Mersey Canal and then back around the smaller ponds which lie between the large lake and the Fowlea Brook which is a tributary of the River Trent.
Westport Lake is the largest area of water in the city. The Canal and River Trust own the lake but it is managed jointly by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the City Council. It is an important site for wintering and migrating birds.
We didn't see many unsusal birds.
Cormorants flying overhead and the usual Canada Geese, Coots and Mallards.
There were a few photographers out and about and a group of people with
binoculars who looked as if they were on some sort of bird spotting
course as they had an instructor with them.
Around the smaller ponds we saw mostly Robins, Dunnocks and Blue Tits.
Many of the water birds were walking on the still icy lake.
As we walked we felt as if we were being watched.
Some of the trees appeared to have acquired eyes.
I wonder if they had ears too? If only they could tell us.
All for now. Have a lovely weekend.