Cloudy and windy to start, but the sun made an effort in the end.
Trevor gave me a bag of suet pellets the other day; the birds don't seem to like them in his garden, so we put them in one of the feeders here.
They must be rough, because after three days, even the squirrels wouldn't touch them.
A good selection of warblers around the car park area this morning; all in fine voice.
A couple of recently fledged Wood Pigeons were sat in one of the trees too.
Plenty of geese under the road bridge again, and my pair of Mallards came running over when they saw me.
No sign of any Kingfishers around the island. It seems they have left here, after getting flooded out a few weeks ago. And more bad news up at the top end of the north lake. The young Common Tern that was on the boat yesterday, has disappeared.
As I feared yesterday, a victim of the many predators around the lake.
Plenty of Swifts flying overhead, and a lone Sparrowhawk casually flew amongst them, but seemed uninterested in making a meal of any of them.
One bird that was making a meal though, was a Great crested Grebe.
they seem to enjoy these crayfish
Onto the south lake, and the wind seemed to be picking up a bit.
Dark clouds were racing overhead, but they soon gave way to some blue sky; and sunshine.
The Common Bird's-foot Trefoil shone like gold in the sunlight.
A Garden Warbler was picked out by the sun as he tried to hide amongst the bushes,
and a couple of Blackcaps were calling from the bushes lining the river.
A few boats were out on the lake by now; well, it is the weekend.
The sun was still shining, highlighting the Yellow Flag around the lake edges.
Past the rowing club, and back towards the car park.
A quick search through the long grass for butterflies, but none to be found.
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 37