Quite a productive ride round on the bike on some rather icy surfaces.
The Watercress wildlife association reserve near the city centre held a Water Rail, a flock of 25 Siskins and two Ring-necked Parakeets; the last species visits the feeders there regularly apparently. two Gadwall were also there.
Gorhambury Estate provided good views of two Red Kites and there was a mixed flock of around 60 Fieldfares and Redwings feeding on the grasslands with Fieldfares predominant. Another Red kite was also seen near Park wood, Chiswell Green.
Verulamium Park lake was still quite icy but did hold 8 Shovelers (Alan Gardiner)