It’s not just the pond in New Earswick Nature Reserve that’s frozen over, much of the lake at the University of York is frozen too. Oddly, most of the birds seem to prefer standing on the ice to getting in the water, as this video of Snow Geese, Mallards, and Black-Headed Gulls shows.
Actually there is a single Barnacle Goose there too, but it’s hard to spot.
While filming this one Snow Goose decided to come and pay me a visit as you can see if you watch this to the end:
I wish I’d kept filming it as it seemed to have abandoned it’s flock. It set off down the path heading away from the frozen waters, bound for a purely terrestrial existence! It was giving no quarter to the students either, who all had to get out of his/her way.