When will this crap weather end?
After wading through the long, wet grass, and topping up the feeders, I made my way round the north lake.
A Song Thrush sat in one of the trees, unusually silent.
This weather is nothing to sing about.
Plenty of geese and Mute Swans on the lake, and lots of Swifts flying overhead.
The rest of the birds seemed pretty quiet in comparison though.
Up by the dam, and across by the pub, the numbers of Black-headed Gulls seem to be steadily building each day.
The Common Tern is still sat on her eggs, and the Sedge Warbler continues to call from his favourite spot.
The river is up fairly high now too, after yesterday afternoons downpour.
By the pub, two Oystercatchers today. Unusual to see both together, away from their nest.
The rain was a persistent drizzle by now, but I decided to carry on round the south lake.
A lone Crow followed me along the path, waiting for me to finish my apple.
By the footbridge, that crosses the river, and the swathe of Meadowsweet, not a single butterfly to be seen. It makes me wonder where all yesterdays could be hiding.
The Mute Swan is still sitting on her eggs, and a few boats were out on the water by now.
Up by the town houses, a mixed group of geese were joined by one of the Oystercatchers.
Two female Mallards were swimming with their ducklings. One has four, that seem quite grown up now; the other is down to five, much smaller ones.
A little while ago there were two families of very small ducklings, one with eleven, and one with nine.
Not sure which family the group of five are from..........or what has become of the other family. Nature can seem very cruel.
As I got to the car park, the rain began to ease of a bit.
I wish it would stop altogether.
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)
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)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
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)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 33