Well, my first post from the lake since Jim's death; but not my first visit.
The sun was shining, and as well as being a weekend, that means it brings out people and boats.
Just a visit round the north lake then.
A lot of geese are gathering round the lake at the moment, along with a lot of last years cygnets. Around the car park area, there were lots of other juvenile birds.
Whitethroat, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Chaffinch, all chasing each other through the trees and bushes.
Good to see so many 'new' birds.
By the footbridge, a young Magpie sat in the sun, posing and preening.
As I made my way round the north lake, more juvenile birds were flitting between the branches, and when I reached the footbridge by the bandstand, I watched a pair of very protective Coots feeding their young.
A few Mallards made the mistake of getting just a little too close at times, and were soon sent on their way by one of the watchful parents.
Up at the top end, I searched through the tall wet grass for some butterflies. A good stretch of grasses and wild flowers; mostly Ragwort.
Top marks to the Parks Trust for letting this area flourish through the summer months.
It's a good spot usually for Marbled White, but this year however, I haven't seen any.
There were a lot of damselflies though, mostly Common Blue,
and I did manage to find a couple of Skipper butterflies. I thought at first, Small Skipper, but after looking at the video, and some of the pictures, I'm certain I saw one of each.
Out on the boat, that just floats up at this end, a Common Tern has been sat all week, as though she is on eggs. This may be the same pair that had a young one a few weeks ago. This baby tern disappeared, as did the three young ones that were born last year.
I thought these terns only had one brood per year; but maybe they are trying for a second?
By the weir, the Sedge Warbler was calling from his usual perch.
He calls for some time, then climbs slowly into the air, like a Skylark, still singing, and then parachutes down, to continue his song again. He puts 100% into his display.
Opposite the weir, is a stretch of water, and some steps up to the path. It's part of the overflow system I believe, and quite often young ducklings finish up in water, and eventually get back to the main lake via the piece of wood, thoughtfully left there, as a bridge. Bigger birds manage to fly up.
At the moment, a female Mute Swan has been swimming up and down this stretch of water all week, seemingly unable to get back onto the lake. My best guess is at the moment she is in the process of moulting, and unable to fly.
There is plenty of weed in this stretch of water, so she is unlikely to starve; but I wish she'd hurry up and get back on the lake.
Up by the pub, the Oystercatcher was mingling with the large number of geese, and by now a few boats were out on the water, and joggers pounding round the footpath.
Time for me to go.
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)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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 Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Total species 33