And it was sunny.
An enjoyable walk round the lake this morning, spoilt only by the inconsideration of a few people.
Litter, in the shape of plastic cups, left lying around part of the north lake; presumably from the jogging race yesterday, and some idiot that pitched a tent across the footpath, on the south lake, and decided to fish in a none fishing area.
One word; twat.
But the birds. Well, the three Oystercatchers were round the pub, along with Starlings, Pied Wagtails, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gulls, Mallards, Coots and Herons. A busy stretch just there.
Common Terns were busily fishing, along with Cormorants, that seem to be increasing in numbers now.
A Sparrowhawk glided past me down at the top end, by the weir, giving me a superb view of his markings, right down to the barred tail. Shortly after his fly pass, a Kingfisher flew by also, shining in the sunlight.
At the bottom end of the south lake, by the footbridge that crosses the river, the warblers continued to make some great appearances. Reed Warbler,
Whitethroat and Blackcap were all in evidence, along with Robins, Great and Blue Tits, a couple of Song Thrushes, and a party of Long Tailed Tits.
On Cormorant island, the Common Gull is still doing well. I watched as he ran along the shore at one point, and launched himself into the water, for a quick swim. Wings flapping, and I'm sure he got some lift and forward movement.
Another great morning; apart from the idiot fisherman.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36