It was wet. Very wet; but despite that I was determined to go round the lake this morning.
By the footbridge a very obliging Song Thrush was searching for worms in the soggy grass, and was completely unperturbed by my presence. A shame it was too dull for pictures.
North had 2 Kingfishers again, and a few Canada Geese, along with some Black-headed Gulls. The strangest sight though, was a young Moorhen, standing on top of a bulrush, plucking the seed as he swayed in the breeze. Something I've never seen before.
He was at it for some time, until the balancing act got too much, and he flew off.
Not the best pictures I've ever taken, but for me, they capture a strange moment.
By the time I'd reached the road bridge, to go round the south lake, it had stopped raining. But not for long. After watching a Crow enjoying something he'd found to eat, and some sleepy swans the rain returned with a vengeance.
By now I was at the far end of the south lake.
A couple of Tufted Duck swimming around, and then some magic moments watching some Swallows skim over the water, catching insects. Fattening themselves up for the long journey ahead. I could watch them all day.
By the time I reached the footbridge again, the rain was getting heavier.A quick look for yesterdays Spotted Flycatcher, but no luck.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 35