After topping up the seed, I decided to head over to Willen Lake, for a quick look.
The biggest of the balancing lakes in Milton Keynes, and also split in two by an overhead road, and down at lake level, a footbridge.
The south lake is home to a fitness centre, bar, playground, water sport centre, mini golf, and gawd knows what else. Currently a fun fair is parked there too, until the end of this month. Yea, it's busy; but the birds still turn up.
The north lake is much quieter, with a Buddhist Temple, Peace Pagoda, and a bird hide that looks across to an island, that can have some interesting waders at times.
There were reports yesterday of Green Sandpipers, and Common Sandpipers, amongst the rest. Worth a look, I thought.
After climbing the million steps up towards the lake from the car park, catching my breath at the top, it's then a slope down towards the lake.
The pathway through the grass alongside the edge of the lake was very overgrown; a couple of times I almost finished up on the ground, after being tripped up by brambles. I guess most people stick to the proper path, further over.
Coots, Black-headed Gulls, and Common Terns were most in evidence as I made my way along towards the bird hide.
Finally I was there, and sat down. The water level had gone down quite a bit beyond the hide; perfect for wader watching. Just one problem though, the reeds in front of the hide were just blocking anything from view. So disappointing.
Scanning over the tops of the reeds and bushes towards the island and spit of land in the distance, it was possible to see Lapwing and Herons, and a couple of Little Egrets in the trees; possible, but difficult.
Such a shame, as this can be an excellent place when the view is unobstructed.
Seems strange to me to have a hide, but then have the view blocked by the undergrowth.
The land management around Milton Keynes does seem a bit cockeyed at times.
Here's a water bird from Caldecotte, where it's easier to see them.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Total species 16