Dull, cloudy, and windy. And joggers. The day didn’t have a lot going for it.
The daffodils at the side of the road, really add a splash of much welcome spring colour,
and there are signs everywhere, that spring is trying to make itself felt.
Blossom on some trees,
new growth pushing through the ground, and the grebes doing plenty of head waggling.
I left some seed at the bridge, and walked the north lake. Far too many joggers for my liking, (some sort of race was on), and the added bonus of bikes too; I didn’t stay long this morning.
A female Goosander was a nice sight; Mallard, that needed feeding, and plenty of Tufted Duck.
Back at the bridge, as I stood watching the birds grabbing the seed, in-between the disturbance of the passers by, something caught my eye, to the left of me.
A Sparrowhawk was in pursuit of a Chaffinch, which dived for cover in the bushes, leaving the Sparrowhawk making a very undignified entrance. He didn’t stay long, I guess the embarrassment got the better of him, and he quickly left.
I decided to do the same too.
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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 30