No sooner had I topped up the feeders, a new visitor arrived to feed on the peanuts.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker. That explains why they've been disappearing so quickly recently.
I just walked the north lake this morning; I had to be back home for a parcel delivery.
The sun was making some great light, and I spent a while just experimenting with some exposures.
All the regular birds were about, and plenty of juveniles too.
I watched a Great Crested Grebe swim by with a youngster on her back.
The first young ones I've seen this year. It slid off her back, and a couple more little heads appeared; along with the dad, and a fish.
Junior struggled with the fish for a while, but couldn't quite manage such a big breakfast..........dad ate it in the end.
A great encounter.
Further round the north lake, by the weir, I found my first Kingfisher since the winter. I was beginning to wonder if any had survived the cold winter.
A brief skirmish between a female Mallard and a Coot next.
The Mallards chicks were constantly calling to the mother, and a family of Coots got just a little too close. Authorities established, and they all went back to their usual business of swimming and feeding.
A brief, but interesting visit.
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
Total species 34