A nice stroll round the lake this morning.
The north lake had all the usuals this morning; apart from the Oystercatchers. I guess they left for good yesterday, when I saw them head north.
Plenty of Mallards, showing off their babies, Mute Swans with their cygnets, and the geese and their goslings.
Down by the boat jetty, as I was watching the numerous Canada Geese, and Black-headed Gulls, a Common Sandpiper flew in, and joined them.
He gave me some lovely views, as I used the geese as cover, to get closer; and it was wearing more rings and bangles than a society deb.
Thankfully the geese just carried on grumbling, and didn't take to the air, and spook him.
On to the south lake, and a Crow was wandering the grass with a youngster in tow.
At the far end of the lake, Little Grebes, and chicks. Strange that yesterday I'd left a comment on Tricia's blog, saying I'd not seen any for ages, and then today I was treated to some excellent views, while an adult was fishing for its two youngsters.
One of the pair of Mute Swans, that had 4 cygnets, are now down to 3. A shame. I thought they were big enough now, to not be prey for predators; obviously not.
And as I got back to the car park, a quick wander through some long grass, in search of butterflies. Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Marbled White,
Meadow Brown and a Small White, all fluttering in a small area.
Up in the trees, something caught my eye. No sure what birds they were, but larger than Blackbird/Thrush, one was the reddish colour of a male Bullfinch's chest, the other seemed a plainer brown.
No pine trees around, but a large Ash, with clusters of seeds hanging like bunches of keys.
My guess would be a Hawfinch.
Shame I wasn't quick enough for a picture.
Big video today, and a few pictures. Busy week ahead, so I might not be able to get a post done the rest of the week.
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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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 Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36