A day off work, and it pours with rain.
And joggers, and boats…………..typical!
It was never going to be the best day of the week, but it wasn’t too bad in the end. The highlight of a wet walk round the north lake, was a female Goosander. As I squelched my way along, I kept telling myself ‘spring is on its way.’
Even some of the birds are thinking spring is on its way; a couple of Coots were nest building, Great Crested Grebes head waggling, and Mallards getting amorous.
A few Wigeon were feeding out on the grass bank, and some Canada Geese were grazing too. Quite a few Tufted Ducks were flying around, put up by the dreaded boats, and some of the swans were busily flying around the lake too.
Back at the footbridge, the birds were out in force; Reed Buntings, Chaffinch, Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Robins, Goldfinches on the Nyger feeder, Crows and Magpies at the ‘bird table’, and even some Mallards had wandered over for some seed.
I stood on the footbridge for some time, just watching everything unfold before me.
It got me thinking, that maybe it’s time to change the direction my life is heading.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 28