At last a day off work, and a bit more time to explore the lake.
After sorting out the bird food, I quickly checked the Cormorant island for the Common Gull. He’s still there, along with a Lesser Black-backed, and a Great Black-backed Gull. The swan is sitting on a nest of large sticks, and a few geese were milling around too. A busy island.
Back at the footbridge,
the Bramblings are still about, but still very nervous of any movement near the bridge.
I will get a decent shot one day!
Around the north lake, I counted seven Tufted Duck, which soon became one, as the dreaded boats made an appearance. Six of the tufties took to the air, and I doubt they’ll return.
Chiffchaff were calling from almost every bush and tree, it seemed; but no sign of yesterdays Blackcaps.
Still a bit windy across the lake, and at the far end of the south lake, the sound of gunfire.
In the field beyond the railway line, someone had hidden themselves along the hedge line, and were blasting Wood Pigeons out of the sky. I believe it’s called ‘sport’.
Further round the south lake, the sound of a Willow Warbler; my first for the year. After a bit of time, I managed to find him, and get a short bit of video. Pictures another time, hopefully.
Back at the footbridge, plenty of Cowslip growing,
and plenty of joggers thundering around the footpaths, along with the walking people with sticks.
Time to head home.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36