A great start to the morning, with a very obliging Green Woodpecker.
Got some video and pictures, while he happily continued to dig for ants, by the side of the road.
On the footbridge, 15 Chaffinch at one point, along with Greenfinch,
Dunnock, Sparrows and Tits. Great to see so many birds this morning.
And it didn't stop there. The warblers were out in force all around the lake too.
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Garden, Reed, and Willow Warblers, all very visible this morning. I'm sure if I'd looked harder in the reeds, I'd have found a Sedge Warbler too.
The Canada Geese were at their usual spot, having a good bath and preen,
and up by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Pied Wagtail on the grass.
On the boat jetty, Heron, Black-headed Gulls and Cormorant.
The south lake had Crows following me along the path for a while, and a couple of Swallows skimming over the water.
It was good to see the Common Gull from Cormorant island doing well. He'd come out for a swim, and enjoyed a slice of brown bread I had in my pocket.
Back at the car park, some time spent looking around the hedges and long grass, produced a Speckled Wood butterfly, and a few dragons.........Migrant Hawker,
Brown Hawker and a beautiful Southern Hawker.
The last bit of the video has a dragon that fell onto some branches, after being attacked by another dragon. Not sure of its ID, (I think an Emperor, female), but it lay there for a while, and then suddenly took to the air, looking none the worse for its beating.
A great morning. Probably my last visit for a few days, so good to go out on a high.
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)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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