Fabulous dawn walk around the park yesterday – frost on the ground, mist on the lake, all bathed in the gold of the early morning sun. I went in the hope that the recent cold snap had brought something new in but it was not to be. There were the usual duck species on the lake, with Wigeon numbers now reaching six. On the water meadow there are still plenty of Teal – about two hundred I think, but they’re hard to count, hidden amongst the vegetation. Water Rail were squealing from the reed bed, both sides of the path across the top sluice. The Barn Owl was out hunting, first over the water meadow and then later over the rough grazing meadow, below the dam. A distant Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming from the direction of Common Plantation. Mammal interest was provided by a Muntjac, which I surprised along the middle track, near the hollow oak – it ran off across the water meadow, with it’s stiff white tail sticking up like a flag.