A lovely walk this morning, in sunshine, and the company of someone who enjoys birds.
A little while ago, someone I've got to know who walks his dogs round the lake, asked if he could walk round with me one morning. So, at 6:45 a.m., I met up with Julian at the car park, and after topping up the feeders, and having a quick look at what was around the immediate area, (25 different species counted off, including 4 Goosander, some Reed Buntings, a Bullfinch, and various other finches), we made our way round to the north lake.
A small group of Mallard appeared, so they were fed, before spotting another pair of Goosander. Over by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, up on the grass, and a few Black-headed Gulls on the boat jetty.
On towards the footbridge; no Heron this morning, but a Kingfisher sitting on the side, under the bridge.
He soon flew off towards one of the arms, that stretch towards some houses.
On over the next footbridge, and a quick search in the reeds for any Water Rail. No luck, but over on the island, a Kingfisher. A different one, or the same one? Not sure.
By the now, being a weekend, the boats were out on the water, and the Tufted Ducks were flying around, looking for somewhere peaceful to settle.
So too were the Canada Geese.
No chance on a weekend.
At the top end, and the arm that curves off from the main lake, and the boats, a Great Black-backed Gull sat on the boat, used by all and sundry to rest for a while.
(he looks like another fishing line victim)
With him, on the boat, was a female Goosander,
and a male swimming nearby.
Pochard, Coot, Wigeon,
Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted Duck were the bulk of the rest, along with some Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls.
Past the pub, a couple of Pied Wagtails were foraging on the grass, and then we made our way under the road bridge, to the south lake.
The Crows arrived, so it was apple time, before making our way to the far end.
As we approached one of the bird hides, a couple of Siskin were up in the trees, but before I could get any pictures, they disappeared into the bushes.
At the bird hide, a very inquisitive and bold Robin came to see us.
We had a coffee, and he had bird seed, before we carried on towards the car park.
As we got closer to Cormorant island, I spotted a Little Egret up in one of the trees,
and then Julian spotted a distant Goosander.
A quick look at the feeders, and then Julian was off home.
I stayed a little while longer, and shortly after he left, a Buzzard circled overhead,
followed eventually by a couple of Crows.
And in the bushes, by the footbridge, two pairs of Bullfinches.
(just the one pair here)
A good morning.
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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
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 46