Very little opportunities for birding this week but I did manage a short walk around the Great Pond on Epsom Common prior to work on Thursday.
Bird sounds are increasing with the repetitive songs of Song Thrush (2), loud bursts from the diminutive Wrens (3), the wistful Robins (5) expanding their repertoires plus plenty of Blue, Great & Long-tailed Tits vocalising their presence plus a scolding Blackbird. As I reached the bank below the pond the loud honking of Canada Geese battered my eardrums. There were a total of 10 on the water and all paired-up. Other water dwellers were Coot (4), Moorhen (3), Mallard (8), and Cormorants (4) plus I disturbed a Grey Heron and whilst trying unsuccessfully to get an 'in-flight' photo a pair of Mandarin Ducks called as they passed overhead and disappeared somewhere in the pond margins but could not be relocated. On the return walk to the car a Nuthatch called and showed itself very briefly with Great-spotted Woodpecker drumming & calling from within the woodland.
The only satisfactory photo was a Canada Goose - Are two heads better than one?