A very spring like morning, with warm sun, and plenty of birds.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was soon on the feeders, once I had topped them up; and at least 14 Magpies in the trees, after the biscuits and bread by the car park. I don't think they got much though, as a couple of Mallards were soon on it, as fast as I put it down.
Mr and Mrs Mallard were waiting under the road bridge, and across the lake, in front of the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was strutting his stuff.
Up by the island, a Grey Heron was successfully fishing in the reeds,
( you can just make out a tiny fish in his bill)
but no sign of the Kingfisher this morning.
Wigeon were grazing on the grass, along with some Canada Geese, and plenty of Wood Pigeons flying overhead.
Going up towards the pub, a couple of Pied Wagtail were running about on the grass, and a couple of Starlings up on the windmill, doing their usual whistling impressions.
The Crows met me under the road bridge, and out on the lake, a couple of Goosander.
More Herons were around the edge of the lake, but by now there were quite a few joggers about, so they were constantly flying backwards and forwards.
No sign of any boats this morning.
At the far end, the usual Little Grebe, and the Robin up by the hide; and as I passed the rowing club, I found 4 Goosanders; 3 males and a female.
On Cormorant island, the Cormorants were busily drying their wings,
no doubt after eating all the poor fishermen's fish.
What a shame.
A last look at the feeders, and then I spent a while standing on the footbridge, hoping to get some pictures of the birds in the bushes.
Not much chance at the weekend though; too many joggers about.
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
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 43