The squirrel has been at one of the feeders again. I found a nut feeder at the waters edge, but luckily enough he hadn't managed to get the tin can top off this time.
Before walking the north lake, I usually have a quick look on Cormorant island, to see what's there. This morning, the pair of Mute Swans that have nested on the island, have five young cygnets. Both adults were having an early morning swim with their new babies. Lovely to see a success like this; the first nest was washed away when the water level rose back in May. Let's hope they all make it now.
The Oystercatcher flew over the road bridge, and settled by the pub, to search for some food, along with a large group of grazing geese. And the Black-headed Gulls were sitting on the boat jetty, as a couple of Common Terns were flying around over the lake.
At the top end, more Black-headed Gulls on the dam, and a large number of Swifts flying overhead.
On the boat, the Common Tern was joined by her partner, but unfortunately she didn't move. Would have been nice to see how many eggs she had.
As I made my way past the pub, a couple of Pied Wagtails watched me intently as I passed.
As I made my way under the road bridge to walk the south lake, the sun came out. What a lovely and unusual sight that was.
At the far end a pair of Great Crested Grebes were busily fishing for breakfast.
One had managed to catch a very large Crayfish,
and I watched as he seemed to struggle with it for some time.
Undeterred by its size, he persevered, biting at it, and shaking it,
until it seemed to break in half.
Finally he finished it off,
and it seemed his mate had the other half.
The Mute Swan up by the offices is still sitting on her nest, and this time the male was in close attendance. I watched for a while, but no movement from the nest. Maybe the new cygnets were under mum, or close to hatching.
No sign of any ducklings this morning, and as I got level with Cormorant island once more, a quick look through the binoculars found the little cygnets settling down on the nest with mum. Dad was busily preening further along.
And the sun still shone.
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36