Booked a day off work today. This will probably be my last post from the lake this week.
A light frost first thing in the morning, but soon gave way to another sunny day. And no mess round the lake, after yesterday's bank holiday. A pair of Mallards were waiting for some food, as I got out of the car, along with some Wood Pigeons. One of them was a young one; he hadn't got his white collar yet.
The squirrel has trashed the nut feeder again. Chewed the plastic top off, to get to the nuts. I'll have to buy a sturdier one.
The south lake had 3 Black Terns again, and a few Swallows skimming over the water; and the north lake had 3 Common Terns, and a few Swallows. The Oystercatcher was in front of the pub, foraging in the grass, along with the Canada and Greylag Geese; and a few goslings wandering around, enjoying the peace and quiet, and sunshine.
A lone Heron flew overhead, along with a Sparrowhawk, that seemed in no particular hurry.
I watched a Blackbird flicking through the leaf litter, searching for any tasty morsels; and another Blackbird was wrestling with a large strip of paper. Probably make use of that in his nest.
A Whitethroat was calling from some bushes, and eventually showed himself briefly; and a Blackcap spent some time flying from tree to tree, before eventually stopping long enough for a picture.
An enjoyable morning.
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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Black Tern [sp] (Chlidonias niger)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36