I managed to get a day off today, so a few hours this morning walking the lake in sunshine. Perfect.
The feeders and footbridge, were very busy, once I'd left some seed. It always amazes me just how many birds are around this small area. Lots of House Sparrows now, joining the Chaffinches. A Magpie was trying to balance on the fat filled half coconut, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker had a few quick attempts at the peanuts.
Around the north lake were plenty of Great Crested Grebes, families of Mallards, Coots and swans; and up by the weir, two Kingfishers flying over the lake, and then disappearing along the river. Good to know there are at least two now.
Canada Geese and Greylag Geese were also out in force, with their respective young.
By the pub, three Oystercatchers, probing the grass for worms. I think one was the young one from the island; a family group out for breakfast.
Breakfast smelt good as it wafted from the pub too. Very tempting.
Onto the south lake, and I stopped to chat to a couple of people I've got to know since I've been visiting here.
In the long grass, plenty of butterflies; Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, and a stunning Small Copper.
Finally, as I made my way back to the car, a family of Mute Swans were enjoying the sun by the rowing club.
A lovely morning. Now I'm off to see my mum, so I'll catch up with you all later.
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)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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 41