Another sunny day; and a good one again.
Topped up the feeders, and left some seed, and then made my way round the north lake first. A few Reed Warblers calling as I wandered round, and I found the Mallard with the ducklings. She's lost one more since yesterday, so now down to 4.
Further round the lake, I found a Common Sandpiper, bobbing along the edge. I later found a group of 4, so maybe 5 in total.
The Oystercatcher is still foraging on the grass outside the pub, and I met Scott, who had come down to see it. We chatted a while, watched the Canada Geese and Greylag Geese with their respective goslings, and then I made my way to the south lake.
An amazing four Black Terns had me enthralled as they swooped and dived over the water. First time I've seen these here. A few Swifts joined in the air display,
and their numbers quickly swelled to about a dozen. Fantastic to watch, and to try and get some pictures. There was even a Sand Martin joined in the action.
No sign of the Lesser Whitethroat, but that didn't matter; the Black Terns were a treat on their own.
I made my way back to the car park, watching the Terns and Swifts along the way.
The Common Gull looked content on the island, and then 4 Common Sandpipers flew low over the water, and settled on the island.
Lots of flying activity from the Mallards too.
Back at the car park, I decided to try and have a look for the Garden Warbler.
A battle through the bushes, and I was successful, but only a brief glimpse, before he dived for cover.I should be a bit more careful when I battle through the undergrowth; or pop the lens cap on, I seemed to have picked up a few more marks on the lens of the new camera. Bugger!
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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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 44