Well, the sun made an appearance a bit later, but still windy, so I dragged my backside out to the lake. Well, I couldn’t start a blog with ‘when it stops raining, I’ll go out…..’
So, late in the day when I finally got there, and mingled with everyone else. Yea, the dog walkers, joggers, bike riders and uncle Tom Cobbley and all were there. I persevered though, and soaring in the wind were a good few House Martins and Swallows. Also in the wind were a few yachts, which managed to keep the ducks and geese moving; even though some of them struggled to keep upright.
Whilst making my way round the north part of the lake, I noticed a big fish in the water. Now I’m no good at fish ID; apart from a Goldfish, that’s about all I know.
Well this was gold; and huge, so I can only guess either a giant Goldfish, or maybe a Koi Carp?
Ok, that’s two fish I know, but you understand……
Some prick with a couple of dogs managed to keep the waterfowl moving too. He thought it great fun to throw a ball into the water, so the dogs could scare the Swans while they went after the ball.
Times like that I wished I shot more than pictures.
Yea, that’s him!
A lot of dragonflies flying around as well……….Emperor and Brown Hawkers mainly.
And a nice surprise at the bottom end of the lake too; a couple of Little Grebe, in fine plumage.
Not too many birds seen, I’ll put a list at the end, but it was worth going out.
Next time I’ll go earlier though, and miss the crowds; and pricks.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)