Dull and cloudy; spots of rain, but I had new boots.
I treated myself yesterday, so I was determined to walk round all the lake.
Maybe they've made the lake bigger.
A pair of Grey Wagtails up by the pub this morning, was a nice sight. Haven't seen these for a little while; and along with the Black-headed Gulls, and the
Lesser Black-backed Gull,
a Great Black-backed Gull.
He didn't stay too long, and was soon off.
Flying overhead, all morning, were lots of Swallows, all heading south. I guess the migration is under way now.
At the top end of the north lake, a Kingfisher managed to give me the slip, yet again. One day I'll get the picture. I did manage some video of his departure across the water though.
Out on the fields, grazing with the Canada Geese, were Crows, Rooks and Jackdaws; and to make up the Corvid family numbers, a Jay flew overhead, and a couple of Magpies.
Onto the south lake, and by now the boat people were out in force. Lots of flying activity by all the water birds, trying to keep out of the way.
At the far end, a couple of Little Grebe's, and a couple of Tufted Duck, found the sanctuary of a boatless piece of water.
Finally a weary body arrived at the footbridge, and joined the rest of the birds there.
Lots of coming and going on the feeders by various finches and tits, and in the bushes,
a Dunnock posed beautifully for me,
and on the footbridge,
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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
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)
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 34