I noticed today, that someone had left another bag of seed hanging in the bushes by the footbridge; which was good to see, but not the rubbish left at one of the picnic tables by the car park.
So annoying to think that people go to the trouble of taking their food there, enjoying it in the nice surroundings, and then leave the rubbish, and expect someone else to clear up after them.
The council could help a bit though; there isn’t any litterbins there. Not that that is an excuse to leave the litter there, but it might help.
Well the birds don’t leave much litter; the seed and food goes everyday. A large group of Reed Buntings and Chaffinch this morning, on the bridge, and a couple of Blackbirds and Robins.
Another red bag of seed has mysteriously appeared in the bushes, so I don’t think the birds here will ever starve. I topped up all the feeders, put some food on the picnic table, and then made my way round the north lake.
A cloudy morning, and not very much about, apart from the usual sightings.
As I got half way round the north lake, a large flock of birds caught my eye in the distance. Swirling around, in a large group, looking like Starlings. Not Starlings though; these were Waxwings. About a 100 of them, and they finally settled in a tree, near the edge of the lake. A group dropped down, and began feeding in some bushes, of the front garden, of one of the houses.
I began to make my way there as quickly as I could, and their chattering was filling the air. The owner of the house came out, to get in his car, and the birds flew back into the tree.
I was getting nearer, and then suddenly they all took flight, and headed off. No pictures, but a great sight to see.
I carried on, and finally got back to the footbridge, after feeding the Mallards by the pub. Topped up the bridge again, and then home.
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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Bohemian Waxwing [sp] (Bombycilla garrulus)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 28