What a difference a day makes. After yesterdays sun, it was back to rain today.
My main purpose to visit this morning was to top up the feeders.
Having done that I quickly made my way round the north lake, to see if the female Mute Swan was still swimming in the channel of water, up near the weir.
She was. I'm sure she'll get back on the lake eventually though.
A couple of handfuls of seed to help out with her limited diet, and then off to see the Common Tern on the boat.
As I thought, she is sitting on an egg, or eggs. I managed a glimpse of at least one egg, when she stood up to take some food from the male. I reckon at least a couple of weeks before they hatch; and then a dangerous 4 week period before they can fly.
Hope they have more success this time.
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
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)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 22