The leaves on the trees are putting on a great show at the moment;
and full credit to whoever was responsible for the planting at the birth of the lake 26 years ago. It really is looking spectacular this year.
Onto the birds.
No sign of the Red Crested Pochard this morning, which was a shame. I spent 20 minutes searching where he usually is, but no sign of him today.
I counted a few more ducks as I went round, and the Herons too. I’m not going to make a habit of this; they keep moving! Bloody nightmare keeping track, but here’s today’s results of the few I counted.
Grey Heron Total 7
Wigeon Total 30
Tufted Duck Total 97
Pochard Total 7
Gadwall Total 9
I’m sure there were more Pochard, Heron and Gadwall yesterday.
There was also 4 Green Woodpeckers around the lake this morning, the Little Grebe at the south lake still, big numbers of Black-headed Gulls, (no way am I going to try and count those!), a Sparrowhawk was escorted from the lake by a persistent Crow, and 5 Bullfinches by the car park.
Not a bad morning. Full list at the end, but I’ll leave with some more colour,
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)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 34