Well today I wasn’t going to go round the lake. Had to make a doctors appointment early, then hopefully see him/her, a few other things to do, a meeting at work………….
Anyway, saw the doctor fairly early; she won’t let me back to work till next week, so as I left there, the sun was shining, and………….
I went round the lake. Somewhat later than I’d usually go, but it beats doing other stuff. No sign of the Black Swan; he’s moved on. But the Red Crested Pochard is still there,
with a good group of Wigeon, Tufted Duck, and some Common Pochard. For comparison, the Common Pochard.
There didn’t seem so many birds as usual; maybe because it was later in the day, but I did stop and talk to a few people today. One gentleman was with his dog, another was taking pictures, and then further round the lake, I got talking to a man called Trevor. Yea, for once I remembered to introduce myself properly.
So back to the birds. Most of the regulars, a couple of Lapwing flew over as I was leaving, and down the south lake, the Shoveler, still socialising with the Gadwall, and a Heron, lying down.
First time I’ve ever seen one lying down. I do hope he’s ok. Maybe he’s just resting?
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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Total species 28