Dull, cloudy, and windy.
The birds were all waiting for their breakfast this morning; Magpies, Crows, and Mallards. As I was still putting food down, they were turning up to eat what was there.
They can't be that hungry surely? I think they are recognising me as the man with food.
Certainly under the road bridge.
I can't get very far before I'm surrounded by Mallards; and the same ones every day.
It's a feeling that is hard to describe..............but a great feeling. I hope I never let them down.
Up by the island on the north lake, I searched for the Kingfisher; but no sign of him this morning. Tufted Duck, and Great Crested Grebes were in the majority; and even the grebes were not performing this morning.
Passing the island, I found a group of Redwing, foraging in the grass, stealing the worms from the Blackbird. I think he'll be glad when they bugger off for the spring.
At the top end of the lake, I spotted a pair of Goosander; but always on the far side of the lake. I'm sure they do this on purpose.
Gadwall, Tufted, Wigeon, Pochard and Coot were the main birds on the water, with a few Canada Geese and Cormorants.
I heard today that the government, the bunch of miscreants supposedly in charge of this once great country, are considering a cull of Cormorants in the summer.
The reason? Cormorants are better at fishing than fishermen.
Well at least they don't leave hooks and line to trap other birds on the water.
Stand by for a petition against this utterly stupid decision.
Towards the pub, a Green Woodpecker was searching for ants.
At least people don't go looking for ants, so this is bird is safe.............at the moment.
Past the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was foraging with a couple of Pied Wagtails; and then the Malards appeared. They must have built in radar.
After feeding them, it was the turn of the Crows, who must have the same built in radar.
A pair of interlopers turned up too, but were quickly dispatched by one of the regulars.
At the bottom end of the lake, a group of Black-headed Gulls, along with a few Common Gulls, and three Little Grebes skulking in the reeds.
Past the rowing club, and towards the houses.
Hmmm. The destruction goes on.
The trees are now being chopped down completely.
These once magnificent living life forms, are being killed off for, ................................ I'm buggered if I know!!
I'm told they will all go. Even the ones that are far from the houses, have gone already.
I've sent an e-mail to the local paper asking why, but I doubt I will get a reply.
So sad to see life extinguished like this, for no apparent reason.
A couple of Mute Swans took to the air, and gave me something else to photograph.
Back at the car park, a last look at the feeders, and surrounding bushes.
I hate Milton Keynes!
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 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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 41