A beautiful sunny morning, and it made the flowers seem more vibrant than ever.
There might be an overload of pictures today; I got carried away.
Round the car park area, a Garden Warbler was singing for all he was worth. I think he was in competition with a Blackcap; both have similar songs, and I managed some video of both, to compare.
My pair of Mallards were under the road bridge, as usual, awaiting breakfast, and the Heron was in his usual spot, under the footbridge. There seemed to be hundreds of Reed Warblers, all calling from around the edge of the lake today; certainly hundreds of Swifts, flying overhead.
Up by the river, some cows had come down to the edge, to soak up the warm sun.
The Common Terns seem happy on the boat, up at the top end of the north lake, and a pair of Mute Swans were content to chill out by the pub, with their five cygnets.
But the real attractions this morning, were the flowers; especially the Ox-eye Daisies.
And by the time I'd reached the south lake, the sunshine had brought out the insects.
A Lacewing; I think.
Hundreds of Damselflies. This one a male Common Blue.
Lots of Banded Demoiselle; this one a female.
and this cracking Dragonfly; a Four-spot Chaser.
And of course, more flowers.
and Dog Rose.
I hunted for butterflies, but they were elusive. No sign of any, until I reached the car park, and finally captured one on video.
A cracking morning in the sun, and the last picture is of a Long Tailed Tit.
A group of juveniles were content to just hang around a bush, and feed off the many small insects flying around.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36