A dull start to the morning, but it was soon brightened by all the birds at the feeders.
Juveniles of Blue Tits, Great Tits, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch; no wonder the seed doesn't seem to last very long at the moment. A half coconut of fat and seed goes in a day now. It's great to watch them though, as they go from feeder to feeder, and chase each other around.
A full walk around the lake today; my first this week, because of work in the mornings. It made a change from just stopping off to top up the feeders.
A small group of Poppies caught my eye as I wandered the north lake.
There were plenty of young Canada Geese lazing around on the grassy banks; the adult birds keeping a watchful eye over them.
Up by the weir, an old boat has been taken over by some Common Terns, which seem to be nesting there. I watched as one of the birds flew in with a fish, and passed it to a female; presumably sitting on some eggs.
A few Whitethroat were calling from the bushes, as I made my way round the edge of the lake, towards where I'd found the Bee Orchid. A phone call in the week, to the Parks Trust to let them know where they were, and to hopefully halt the grass cutting there for a while, was successful. I counted 11 plants, still blooming.
On to the south lake, and an Orchid of a different sort.
A few of these growing at the far end of the south lake. I wonder how many people who walk round the lake, know there are Orchids growing here?
A couple of Skylarks were singing down by the railway arch, and a lone Stock Dove flew overhead. Close to the car park, I watched as a Great Crested Grebe made short work of his lunch.
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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Stock Pigeon [oenas] (Columba oenas oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sky Lark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Total species 36