There were seven Mallards around the car park this morning; word is spreading.
Topped up the feeders, fed the Crows, Magpies and Mallards, and then made my way to the north lake. The regular pair of Mallards were waiting, and as I started to feed them, an Oystercatcher flew over the road bridge, towards Cormorant island.
First one I've seen at the lake this year. Maybe they will breed again?
On towards the island on the north lake, and a single Kingfisher was sitting in the trees, by the edge. It would be great if they bred here too.
At the top end of the lake, not so many waterfowl as usual; but I did see a pair of Goosander. Up on the ivy clad wall, a female Mallard was wandering through the ivy looking for food, I presume.
Her mate just stood watching from a distance.
A group of Wigeon were grazing as I made my way towards the pub, when I suddenly caught sight of another Kingfisher, just a few feet away.
Too late; he'd spotted me, and all I got was a fleeting piece of video, as he made his way across the lake. Hmmmm, one day!
A couple of Pied Wagtails in front of the pub, another pair of Goosander, and Mr and Mrs Mallard began swimming alongside, following me.
Onto the south lake, and no sign of the Crows this morning.
I felt let down in a way; I hope they're OK.
At the far end, to make up for it, the Robin was waiting by the bird hide. He still seems a little shy, but I guess he'll soon get over it. At least he knows I've got food.
Eventually I was level with Cormorant island, and able to have a good look for the Oystercatcher. I was in luck. Not one, but two; and they mated.
Now according to some software I have, they will start egg laying Mid-April to June, and usually lay 2, 3 or 4 eggs. If it's the same pair from last year, which is quite possible, they only successfully raised one chick. It's going to be good to follow their progress this year.
Back at the footbridge, a quick look round, and an inquisitive Blue Tit caught my eye.
A last look at the feeders, but not very much happening there.
Seems the islands have all the action at the moment.
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)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36