An update on the RSPB from yesterday first.
I thought I had a response from them, but no. It was from someone called Bob who visits the lake.
He'd seen my blog, and kindly found an address for me, which was ......
Media Manager (Acting)
Telephone 01767 693489
so, thanks Bob, appreciate that.
A lovely sunny morning, and very mild. Despite the good conditions though, I only managed the north lake. Some good birds about though; a couple of Bullfinches in the bushes near the footbridge, and I managed to find the Kingfisher on the island. His favourite spot I think.
Good to see some blossom out now on the trees.
I think this might be Hawthorn?
The boats were out in force, and the Tufted Duck and Wigeon were busily flying around, looking for somewhere to get a bit of peace.
Up at the top end, quite a group seeking sanctuary on the arm that goes behind the pub. Amongst the group, a pair of Goosander. Always good to see them.
By the time I'd reached the pub, I decided to cut short the walk, and head back over the road bridge to the car park.
A Song Thrush posed for a while, by the footbridge,
and not to be outdone, a female Blackbird began posing briefly.
Short visit, but good.
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38