A quick look on the island this morning, and there was one Little Egret getting ready to go.
I guess the others had already gone; well, I was a bit later than usual.
A family of Mute Swans came over to see if I had food, and a couple of Mallards flew past; just in case.
On round the north lake, and half a dozen Swallows flew high, on their journey south.
Plenty of Coots filling the waters, and up at the top end, the Kingfisher, tantalisingly flying around. Always one step ahead for a picture.
Up near the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull on the grass, along with Starlings and Pied Wagtails; whilst on the boat jetty, Black-headed Gulls, and a Cormorant drying his wings.
Quite a few Crows and Magpies, picking their way through the litter left behind by yesterdays pub visitors.
On round the south lake, and great numbers of House Martins, flying around, scooping the insects from the air. A big journey ahead of them, so they need to fill up.
I was surprised to see a Blackcap down by the river. He looked very fresh and clean, so I'm guessing a young one. I wonder if he'll stay, or move on.
The Little Grebes were at the usual spot, at the very far end, along with some Tufted Duck, a Great Crested Grebe family, and a Heron fishing in the reeds.
A Mute Swan took a dislike to a small group of Canada Geese, and began to see them off. Maybe he thought it was his lake.
At the boat peoples hangout, a Grey Wagtail flew in.
He paraded around for a while, and then disappeared with a group of Pied Wagtails that flew overhead.
Back at the footbridge, plenty of Chaffinch and Goldfinch on the feeders; and on the nut feeder,
one of the rat pack, doing a squirrel impression.
A pleasant morning in some sunshine.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)
Total species 37