A stunning sunrise this morning.
I had this idea of walking the north lake, then going over to Willen, for a quick look there, and then back here, for the south lake.
I guess that's why I was prescribed medication after the heart attack, so I could do simple things like that. When you don't take them, it becomes a struggle, as I found out.
The north lake had the usual crowd, apart from the diver; no sign of him.
I did see a Kingfisher though, while I was chatting to an ex work colleague.
I was soon on my way to Willen Lake; a little further north from here. It's always worth a visit, and tends to have a lot more waders than Caldecotte.
After climbing the 70 odd steps up, from the car park, and then down the hill towards the lake, I was beginning to feel a bit tired.
What I saw next made me feel a little deflated too. The local Parks Trust were taking some food over to the island, for the resident goats. Of all the days I choose to visit here, I pick this one. Oh well.
Obviously not much around the island, or the water across to it. A Buzzard flying overhead, and a lot of Coots and Teal in front of the hide; but that was about it.
At least I got to sit down though.
I decided I'd go back to Caldecotte, and just do the south lake.
The wind was quite strong by now, as I plodded along past the rowing club. It was getting to be hard work; especially as I was getting tired, and it was getting harder battling against the wind.
Siskins in the tree tops, and a female Goosander, gave me the kick to carry on though, after I'd had a quick rest on one of the benches.
After watching a Common Gull doing a rain dance on the grass, to attract some worms to the surface, I decided I'd make my way back to the car park.
The sit down had made me feel a bit dizzy.
By the time I'd reached the road bridge, although tired, I felt a bit better.
Maybe a slow walk round the north lake.
Another gull performing a rain dance, this time a Black-headed Gull, who successfully attracted a worm to the surface. A second Kingfisher, and a second female Goosander too.
A couple of quick shots of a Heron in the reeds,
and then thankfully the car park was in sight just ahead.
Made it; just.
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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 44