A beautiful sunny morning, for a change.
I haven't visited here for a couple of days, so the feeders needed some attention.
After filling them, I had a quick look over at Cormorant island, before setting off round the north lake.
Out in the distance, one of the Mute Swans was swimming with her five cygnets.
I breathed a sigh of relief, because a couple of days earlier, after a very quick visit, I'd spotted a lone cygnet swimming around, very early in the morning. I wondered if it would survive on its own, so early. I watched it for a while, and it seemed to be swimming towards the island, eventually. I hoped it would quickly get back to the safety of its nest.
At the footbridge, by the car park, an unusual sight this morning.
A Treecreeper, investigating the wooden structure for insects.
The Oystercatcher flew in by the pub, and joined a few geese there. Lots of Starlings too, and quite a build up of Black-headed Gulls now; including some juveniles.
As I passed the island, that had the nesting Kingfishers, until they got flooded out, a Common Sandpiper flew along the bank.
Further round the lake, a group of Canada Geese were grazing close to the edge, and amongst them, one poor soul with a foot missing.
Up at the boat, the Common Tern still sits on her eggs, and this morning she seemed a little upset as four Mallards began preening on the boat. I doubt they would be cause for anything untoward, but she obviously was not happy with their close proximity.
As I made my way past the pub, a Greylag Goose gave me a quick warning to keep moving.
She had a couple of young ones close by, and was being very protective.
A big group of mixed geese were on the footpath as I began my way down the south lake. They slowly moved; some towards the safety of the water, the rest went further along the grass.
The pair of Great Crested grebes with their three young ones were happily enjoying the sun, as they drifted on the water, and in the long grass and wild flowers, it was good to see plenty of butterflies.
All Meadow Browns, but still good to see them on the wing.
Finally at the far end of the lake, I spotted a pair of Mute Swans with a couple of cygnets.
Was this the pair that had a second attempt at nesting, after the first nest was vandalised?
I checked the male through the binoculars. If it was the same pair, he would have an orange band with a number, on his left leg.
It was great to see this pair with two healthy looking cygnets, after their earlier setback.
I watched them for ages, and felt so pleased that they had finally been successful.
A very good pair of parents; last year they successfully raised some young cygnets, and this year they had done it again, despite human intervention.
I finally made my way back towards the car park.
As I passed the town houses, a small group of Swifts were flying overhead, and with them four House Martins. Only four. Previous years have seen a big number of these birds at this time of the year; sadly, not this year.
The boats were starting to come out on the water by now, and a few joggers jogging; but I'd had a great morning.
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 Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 35