A sunny morning, with a bit of mist on the water; reminds me of a song.
The three Oystercatchers were around the pub again this morning, but the stars of today would have to be the Herons.
A few around the lake, and a couple of rather stroppy ones too. Some dive bombing and chasing, which I unfortunately didn't catch on the video; I thought I had. Annoying, because at one point, one of the Herons pitched down into the water.
One snippet I did manage though, was a successful catch, whilst one was fishing.
Just a tiddler though, but a fish all the same.
A family group of Wren's had me entranced for a while, as they purred and flitted from tree to tree.
A Sparrowhawk flew overhead up on the north lake, and a passing Crow made a quick detour, to harass and escort it away. Job done, the Crow turned back, and continued on his way.
The numbers of Black-headed Gulls are steadily increasing daily it seems, and they've taken over part of the north lake as their own.
Still a few Common Terns flying around, and it was good to see a few Swifts and Swallows skimming the trees and bushes, catching insects.
Down at the south lake, by one of the footbridges that crosses the river, I spent some time watching some Reed Warblers,
Whitethroat, and Garden Warblers. A lovely spot for these warblers, and a couple of Wrens appeared too, along with a beautiful Bullfinch.
The long grass, that was once a haven for butterflies, moths, damsels and dragons, has been cut. Seems early to me, and a shame, because the butterflies were just starting to make an appearance.
I found a wasps nest down amongst the cut grass, and a very busy nest it was too.
A bit of video, and a few pictures, and then I decided to leave them in peace. Didn't fancy getting stung.
Further round, a pair of Little Grebes were swimming amongst the reeds. They always seem to be on the opposite bank to where I am.
A few boats began to take to the water, which meant a few Mallards and Canada Geese were getting airborne, and on the Cormorant island, the Common Gull was just chilling.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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 40