Another quick visit today; lots to do.
Just the north lake this morning, but a great variety of birds seen. I counted 22 different species, just on the short walk from the footbridge to the road bridge.
Every time I walk the north lake, when I get to the bottom end close to the weir, I always look along the tops of the streetlights.
A year ago, 9 days earlier, I saw my first Little Owl here; and I always look, just in case...........
Well, this morning, I saw him again.
A lovely little bird, and often seen during the daylight hours.
Further along I came across a tiny Chaffinch. He'd fallen from a nest, and was helplessly calling from the ground. The male was in the tree above, calling back. Such a shame to see, but nothing I could do. Just have to let nature take its course.
By the pub, the Oystercatcher and the Lesser Black-backed Gull, along with hordes of geese; and back at the footbridge, about a dozen Chaffinch, eating the seed.
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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Little Owl [sp] (Athene noctua)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 34