A cloudy morning, but a few birds about. The feeders by the footbridge had taken a hammering; the local squirrel I think, judging by the damage.
Around the north lake were some makeshift distance signs; I guess we have a race or marathon happening this weekend. Boats, joggers, and the kids off school; I think I'll give this place a miss over the weekend during the day.
The various swan families were out on the water, along with the geese,
and a few Common Terns, which seemed to be having more luck fishing, than the local fishermen.
Plenty of Black-headed Gulls up by the pub, along with the Lesser Black-backed Gull; but no sign of the Oystercatchers.
Around the south lake, there were plenty of juvenile Reed Warblers calling from the reeds, and a few Sedge Warblers too.
By the rowing club, I found a Mute Swan with a coloured ring, that has been around for a while, and paired up with another swan, and produced four cygnets. They lost one recently, but the remaining three are doing well.
A little history that I got through the ring number recently, tells me that he's 11 years old, and was first ringed in November 2005, at Bedford Embankment.
He was next reported at Willen Lake, in Milton Keynes, in August 2008, and then by me, in June, this year, here.
From Bedford to here, is about 15 miles, so he's not travelled very far.
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)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
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)
Total species 37