Another dry morning, without the mist this time, and the light was like gold.
A circuit of just the north lake today.
Up by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was wandering around on the grass, and a few Starlings were gathering up on the sails of the windmill. Their numbers are certainly increasing now, as are the Coots. Quite a few Wigeon today, too.
A couple of Jays flew across the lake, up by the weir, and a couple of Magpies escorted a Sparrowhawk along his way.
Along the path, a pair of Swans seemed to be coaxing one of their cygnets towards the river. There were already 4 swimming around in there, and I wondered if these were the Swans that originally had 8 youngsters. They lost one quite early, and recently I've only noticed 6. Have they lost another?
The male Swan had a metal ring on his right leg, with a number; '8223' or 'B223'.
I'll see if I can find out any info on him.
As I got up to the footbridge, by the bandstand, a group of Long Tailed Tits flew into some berry laden bushes.
A few lovely moments watching this noisy little party; and something I've not seen before.........they were eating the berries.
According to my bird books, they eat insects. Maybe they don't read the books.
Back at the car park, a few minutes watching the birds on the feeders, and then I saw some Redwings up in the bushes. Only managed a couple of shots for now, but this one's for Bob, because I know he likes them.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Total species 34