After sorting out the feeders, I took a wander round to the Cormorant island, to see if the Little Egrets were there.
I was at the lake earlier than I have been for a while; Jim woke me with his panting, and I was feeling pretty rough too.
Up in the trees, and gloom, four Little Egrets were slowly waking, and getting ready for the off. I stood, and sat, watching them for a while, hoping to capture their departure. I missed the first one, but managed the rest.....just.
Quite the makings of a large gull roost on the south lake too. I'll investigate that another time.
On round the north lake, and good to see a Kingfisher, although briefly, as it flew across the lake.
Didn't feel up to doing the south lake, so I cut across over the road bridge, and made my way back to the footbridge, and car park.
The rat pack were out in force again, and the birds seem to have returned back to their usual numbers.
A couple of Mallards were wandering around the bridge, picking up the fallen seed, and a few Black-headed Gulls were screaming overhead, chasing a hapless individual that happened to have some food.
Along with the light drizzle, and cloud, I decided to head home. Still loads to do, and tomorrow I'm officially unemployed.
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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Total species 31