I got there a little later than usual, and as soon as I began putting some food down, the birds were there. The Crows after the bread and biscuits, and a couple of Mallards after some too. The feeders at the footbridge needed topping up; I’m surprised how quickly they are going down now. And as soon as the footbridge was topped up, the birds began to arrive.
At the road bridge I was accosted by some Mallards; I’m sure they sit and wait for me. Fed them, and then I made my way round the north lake first.
A Grey Wagtail flew across the water at the top end, and a group of Wigeon were out grazing with some Canada Geese. Tufted Duck, Coots and Great Crested Grebes made up the bulk of the rest of the birds, and a couple of Jays flew overhead.
Past the pub, and then on round the south lake. It’s been a while since I walked this part of the lake, and I was hoping to see some Little Grebes; they usually hang around at the far end. I managed a very quick glimpse of one, as it made its way into the safety of some reeds.
A sad sight was a Common Gull, which looked as though he had a broken wing. He swam across to the edge, and then made his way through the bushes, preening his damaged wing, and searching for some food in the leaf litter.
At the boat sheds I stopped to feed some Swans and Mallards, and soon attracted the attention of a group of Black-headed Gulls too. A couple of Mallards were getting very amorous, and eventually parted, and paired up with different partners! You see it all here.
Back at the footbridge, a bit more seed, and I watched the birds for a while, before heading home. A pleasant morning.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 37