The day started well; but I skipped the sunrise.
I would have tried, but the size of the gull roost drew me away from the sun. The gulls are steadily building up their numbers now, almost approaching the peak of last year. Mostly Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed; but could be others mixed in with them.
Watching them all suddenly take to the sky is quite a sight.
That meant the south lake was walked first, after topping up the feeders.
Quite early, about 6:45, four of the Little Egrets were heading north, after roosting at the island, and a group of Canada Geese were stretched across the path, lazily munching on the grass.
At the far end of the south lake, a few Wigeon and Tufted Duck, along with all the Coots, and as I got near the town houses, a little Wren appeared on the handrails.
Back at the car park, a quick look at the new feeder site produced a squirrel doing his best to get the peanuts. And at the footbridge, a couple of Reed Buntings, along with the Chaffinch and Dunnock.
Onto the north lake.
A Kingfisher flashed across the water up by the bandstand, and at the far end, a Heron circled around the grass, before heading off over the water,
By the weir, a couple of Wigeon, amongst all the Coots, and four Gadwall, taking in the morning sun.
A Cormorant was drying his wings on the old boat,
and a couple more Heron were dotted around the edge of the lake.
I was soon making my way back to the footbridge, but stopped to look up into the trees by the edge of the road, just past the road bridge. Something had caught my eye, high up in the leaves. A squirrel?
No, a rat. Three in fact.
Nothing to do with me........a long way away from the feeders.
Another look at the new feeders, and a Blue Tit had managed to get onto the nuts.
And waiting his turn, a Great Tit.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36