Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me



Thursday, 9 July 2015

Oystercatchers



No video today .............. the sun shone, so I was going to concentrate on butterflies.


Whisky came too; after all, it was his walk.






A dog and a stick equals FUN!




North lake first, but round the car park, before we crossed the footbridge, plenty of song from a Garden Warbler. I saw at least three, and I'm guessing some were juveniles. Maybe a couple of families, judging by all the calling.

Under the road bridge and a large group of Greylag Geese and their young. Big young now, they're growing fast. Out on the water was an equally big group of Canada Geese, and a Kingfisher flashed low over the water, as he crossed to the other side.
Common Terns wheeling above, and above them, Swifts, screaming into the morning.


Past the bandstand, and the reeds were alive with the sound of Reed Warblers.
A group of Starlings on the grass, and a couple of House Sparrows in the bushes.


Up towards the wall of the dam, and I counted 27 Mute Swans.


On the wall itself, some juvenile Common Terns had taken a rest.





Juvenile Common Tern



It was still early, but the sun was shining, and I was hoping to see some butterflies in the long grass further along.



Marbled White



A few Meadow Browns were also beginning to come to life too.


Passing the weir, I could hear a Reed Warbler calling, and he soon climbed the reeds, and came into view.






By now we had also met a couple of other dogs on our travels, and Whisky had a great time playing.
It's good to see him getting on so well with other dogs.
And also, so far, walking quite happily off the lead.







On the grass in front of the pub, a family of Pied Wagtails were running to and fro', and more geese, lazily plucking at the grass.

Down by the rowing clubs jetty, the pair of Oystercatchers were just ........... being Oystercatchers.





One seemed bored after a while, and flew round, but soon landed back in the same place.






A Grey Heron came in to join them, and stood posing for a while.






The sun was getting warmer by now, as we went under the road bridge, and headed to the south lake.



A couple more dogs to greet, and play with, and then it was into the long grass in search of butterflies.



I wasn't disappointed.


My first Gatekeeper of the year, (although no picture), and lots of Meadow Brown.








A few Small Skipper







and a Shaded Broad-bar moth got in on the act too.








Rounding the far end of the lake, a Ringlet.







We made our way past a quiet rowing club, and out on the water was a Great Crested Grebe.






A couple more dogs to say hello to, and then we were almost back at the car.


Almost


Another butterfly to snap first.




Comma




A great mornings visit, and Whisky is now happily sleeping.



 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~





Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36



Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and Whisky



Since getting back from Wales last week, I've had a daily visit to the lake with Whisky. The idea is to get him used to the car.
We're getting there.
This is the first blog post since getting back, and there were some good birds to be seen.



First thing I've noticed, is the introduction of a new rubbish bin at the car park.
Every day it's been full, so hopefully that will go a long way to helping the problem of the dirty buggers that just dump their rubbish.
We'll see.

Garden Warblers and Blackcaps were calling around by the footbridge at the car park, along with foraging Blue Tits, Blackbirds and a Song Thrush.

We walked under the road bridge, and opposite, where the pub is, a Common Sandpiper flew to the edge, was disturbed by a jogger, and flew back again.
One of the Oystercatchers was visible too, by one of the boat jetties.


Just the north lake today, because I'm awaiting a parcel, that will hopefully come later.


Towards the footbridge by the bandstand, a Grey Heron was standing on the handrail.




Grey Heron


Heading towards the wall of the dam, we met up with four other dog walkers, with a variety of dogs between them .............. various ages, sizes and breeds. Half a dozen.
They were all friendly, and Whisky was in his element ............ dogs and people.
I know I would say this, but he does seem to be, (at the moment), a very sociable dog, which is a good thing.
He doesn't seem to want to chase after the ducks and geese either. Probably because in Wales he was used to a large goose, and 13 chickens running around the place.
Hopefully he will stay this way. There's nothing worse than seeing a dog, off a lead, chasing and harassing the wildlife.



Up by the wall of the dam, is an area of long grass, that is a magnet for Marbled White butterflies, amongst other species.
It wasn't the best time of the day to see them, they do like a bit of sun and warmth, but I managed to get a couple on video, while Whisky was charging through the long grass.
I spent a long while here a couple of days ago in the sun, and the area was full of Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, and Common Blue Damselfly.





Teasel



Eventually we left here, and carried on round the arm of the lake, at the back of the pub.

Lots of geese on the water, and Common Terns flying overhead.
More geese in front of the pub, and quite a few juvenile Pied Wagtails. They do seem to do well here.


Finally it was over the road bridge, and back to the car park.



A good visit today, enjoyed by us both.










Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species 28




Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail and Mandarin Duck





After the Yellow Wagtails yesterday, Trevor came over early this morning in the hope of seeing them. He wasn't disappointed.



We made our way to where I'd seen them, and there on one of the boat jetties was a Common Sandpiper.





A good start.



A few pictures, and then we were surprised to find a Wheatear there too.




Some quick shots before it vanished ...........





.....and the next bird up was a Yellow Wagtail.





What a great start to the day.




Pictures fulfilled, we set off round the lake a bit further.


I was watching the Swallows skimming over the lake, when Trevor called out,
"Mandarin Duck!"


I swung the camera up just in time to get a couple of shots as it flew across the lake.






We carried on.




At the footbridge over the river, a great spot for warblers, we found a Long Tailed Tit visiting its nest with beak fulls of insects, Blackcap, a fly past by a Kingfisher, and a Garden Warbler.





What a great morning; and we still had just over half the lake to do.



Quickly fed the Mallards by the pub, and then down towards the weir.


A Reed Bunting was collecting some nesting material,





and a Grey Heron was lazily taking in the rays of the sun.





Up towards the wall of the dam, and a couple of Whitethroat calling in the trees.


The sun was beginning to warm the air by now, and we were soon back at the car park.


A few more warblers to see, an Orange Tip butterfly and a Speckled Wood, and then back home.


Great morning.



A rather hurried post today, and a very short video with a few of the stars today.













Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Northern Wheatear [sp] (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  45




Sunday, 26 April 2015

Five Yellow Wagtails, Five Common Sandpipers and one Spotted Flycatcher




A good visit today; and my first Sedge Warbler of the year too.



Dull and cloudy start, but it soon brightened up when I spotted a Common Sandpiper circle round Cormorant island.
A quick scan along the shoreline, but I couldn't find it again.
I was going to go round the north lake first, but for some reason I backtracked, and went round the south lake first; I'm glad I did.


Skimming over the water were a lot of Swallows, catching the flies.
Flying with them were a few Sand Martins and House Martins. No sign of any Swifts yet though.


As I made my way round past the houses, I spotted not one, but two Common Sandpipers. And then, to make things even better, a couple of Yellow Wagtails were flying around along the footpath. I counted five in total, in the end.






I carried on towards where the Robin usually is, and as I left some seed for him, sat up in a tree nearby, was a Spotted Flycatcher.
What a day.


Sadly he didn't stay long enough for the camera, so I carried on to the railway arch.


No more work done round the fence, and the field looks like it has something growing in it now.
Not sure what is happening here.


Down the side of the lake towards the north lake now, and the scratchy sound of a warbler was coming from the reeds.
I soon found him. A Sedge Warbler. My first one of the year.






The Swallows seemed to be attracted to the floating algae blaster in the water, and were flying around it, and settling on top for a rest during their feeding sessions.





Under the road bridge, and past the pub.
A few boats were out on the water by now, and a pair of Greylag Geese were swimming past with their goslings.


Up towards the arm at the back of the pub, and a lot of Cuckooflower growing in the grass. For how long I'm not sure. They're bound to be along with the mowers soon.


From the edge of the lake three birds flew off, circled round, and settled on the far side. Three Common Sandpipers.





On round the lake, and a Grey Heron was just devouring his catch.
I'm guessing a Pike, two to three feet long.







It was huge, but he managed it eventually.





I walked up to where the Canada Goose was nesting earlier, and amazingly it's still there. I wish it luck, it's going to need it.


More warblers, and a Song Thrush, and then I was almost back at the car.





A great morning.










Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Spotted Flycatcher [sp] (Muscicapa striata)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  40




Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Warblers and nesting



A beautiful sunny morning for my first visit round the lake, after getting back from Wales.


One thing I noticed straight away, was how green everything looks. Wales was still in stick mode when I left.





Lots of singing from the trees and bushes this morning. The dawn chorus was in full swing with Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird and even some elusive Reed Warblers. What a great time of the year this is.


A pair of Mute Swans were nesting in some reeds; not very well hidden, and on the edge of the lake, on the grass, a Canada Goose had chosen an even worse spot.
Two eggs were already on the grass by the nest, and when she stood to make some adjustments, I saw two more eggs that she was sitting on.
I can't see this being a very successful attempt.



I saw my first Common Terns of the year, and the Mallards hadn't forgotten me.
A small group soon appeared as I made my way past the pub.





The south lake was fairly quiet, and not even a gull in sight.

I had a quick look through the railway arch to see how the work was progressing.
Why anyone would go to so much trouble to fence off a (new) ditch is beyond me .......... unless they're are going to build houses on the newly rolled and flattened field.



Quite a few Cowslips at the far end of the lake.





I made my way to where the Robin usually is, but no sign of him.
I left some seed anyway, and carried on towards the rowing club.


After wondering why I'd seen no Swallows or House Martins skimming over the water, a few moments later a handful briefly appeared.


Past the houses, a few more Cowslips, and then back to the car park.



The sun was still shining.









Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  33


Sunday, 22 March 2015

My first Chiffchaff of the year, Oystercatchers and a Weed Dance



Big title .......... big day.


A cloudy start, but the sun began to break through, and now I'm home, it's shining.


A few gulls on the roost, and a couple of Greylag Geese as I passed under the road bridge, to make my way round the north lake.
On the far side I caught a glimpse of one of the Oystercatchers, searching for worms in the grass.


Lots of birdsong, and as I watched a couple of Canada Geese, (I didn't notice until I looked at the video that one appears to be eating a fish), I heard my first Chiffchaff of the year. First of many, hopefully.

Still some Wigeon around, along with some Tufted Duck.
Not much on the arm that goes behind the pub, and as I made my way towards the pub, a quick view of the pair of Oystercatchers before they took to the air, disturbed by the rowing club opening shop for the day.


A few Mallards flew over for some seed before I headed towards the south lake.



Another first for the year ............. Cowslip.





Looking amongst the grass, beside the edge of the lake, I could see masses of them, pushing through. Hopefully it won't get mowed before they have finished flowering.
Lots of Blackthorn in flower now too.





At the far end of the lake, I managed to see in the distance, a pair of Great Crested Grebes performing their weed dance. Another first for the year.


A couple of Redwing in the trees, as I made my way to feed the Robin, but no sign of any Pochard today. Maybe they've left.


Past the rowing club, and they were getting ready for a days boating, as I was getting ready to go home.




 Mallards




A great visit today. 









Full list of today's sightings



Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  30



Monday, 16 March 2015

Water Rail and Oystercatchers



Despite the crap weather; dull and raining, it wasn't a bad wander round this morning.


After feeding the Crows and Magpies with some seed, a couple of old rolls and a few grapes, I made my way towards the north lake.
As I got to the footbridge, running along the channel underneath, a Water Rail made a quick exit into the undergrowth.
Not the first time I've seen them at this spot, and a good start to the morning.


Chilly morning, and damp. I didn't bother with the usual camera today, so the two pictures I did take later, are not very good, but serve as a record of what I saw.



No sign of any Herons fishing under the footbridge further along, and no Cormorants fishing either. A few flew overhead, and more were on Cormorant island earlier.

Past the houses, and a Coot was spending a lot of time chasing a lone Tufted Duck across the water. I think the Tufted was cruising too near where the Coot was building his nest.

The gulls were slowly streaming overhead, as they were leaving the roost on the south lake, and a small group of Wigeon were grazing further along.


Round the arm, at the back of the pub, just a few Coots, Canada Geese, and a couple of Greylags. A Little Egret flew up from the edge of the river, and flew over the footpath ahead, before dropping back down to the river again.


On towards the pub, and just ahead, probing in the grass, were the pair of Oystercatchers.





 Back once again for another breeding season. Becoming quite regular now.




Before I reached the road bridge, to go to the south lake, a couple of Mallards came waddling over for some seed. Seems they haven't forgotten me. Neither had the Crows and Magpie, that were eagerly waiting for their chance too.


Some Reed Buntings in the reeds that edge the south lake, and a few grazing Canada Geese, one or two Black-headed Gulls flying over, and some Wood Pigeons.

I reached the far end of the lake, and made my way towards the railway arch.
Trevor had hinted that some work had been going on there.


Bloody hell! A channel dug along the edge of the field, a shiny metal fence, and more trees cut down.


I soon left, and made my way to feed the Robin.


A small group of Redwing were foraging under the bushes and a couple were in the trees.


A few Pochard still around, and a Great Crested Grebe was getting very protective of his mate, chasing away ............. eventually, another suitor.


Past the rowing club, (still raining), a Lesser Black-backed Gull was mixing with a group of Black-headed Gulls on one of the jetties.


Finally back at the car park, and half a dozen Moorhen running across the grass.



Not a bad morning.









Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  31