What a day. Sunshine, birds, butterflies and a couple of dragons.
It was so good I walked the lake twice.
The feeders and the bridge were popular; an amazing variety of birds visiting this little spot now; and as I left, a Buzzard was soaring overhead.
The three Oystercatchers were outside the pub, in their usual place, digging for worms.
Good numbers of Black-headed Gulls on the boat jetty, and the lone Lesser Black-backed Gull is still around.
Mallards, families of Mute Swans, Grey Herons, and more geese than I count. Common Terns diving into the water for fish, and Reed Warblers, Whitethroat and Blackcap calling from the shrubbery around the lake.
So much right on my doorstep.
I spent some time watching the Canada Geese bathing up by the weir. They all seemed to be gathering there, and just splashing around, and rolling over in the water. Fascinating to watch.
Quite a few butterflies about this morning too. The sun must have brought them out.
Large White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, and Speckled Wood. So good to see so many about at long last.
Another welcome sight was a Brown Hawker, working the bushes; but too quick for a picture, and a very obliging Emperor Dragonfly, who was content to just settle in the grass, and enjoy the sun.
A couple of Blackbirds were enjoying the sun too, as I walked around the north lake.
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
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)
Total species 41