Some were showing signs of regaining their black (actually chocolate brown) heads, another sure sign that Spring was closer than you might think.
Among the ducks, swans, geese and gulls, a few, delicate-looking Moorhens were to be found picking their way through the shingle of the lake shore, in search of morsels of food.
All very Spring-like. The very mild temperature is most welcome, not least for the reduction in Winter gas bills, but one cannot help thinking that we might yet be in for a very cold shock to the system. But for the moment, we're enjoying the nice weather and the birds seem grateful too.