What a great morning; even the sun shone for a little while.
Making my way round the north lake first, there were the usual Black-headed Gulls loafing around, Common Terns flying over the water, and high above, a few Swifts.
A nice surprise this morning, was the sight of a Kingfisher, as he flew across to the island. He sat in the trees for some time, bathed in the early morning sunlight.
He's the small orange dot in the centre of the picture. Not a good shot, but I was pleased to see it after all this time.
Up at the top end the Mute Swans were still gathered, and a few extra Coots, by the looks of things.
Passing the weir I heard the sound, and then a glimpse, of another Kingfisher, as he flew over into some trees.
As I made my way around the back, I had the video camera ready, anticipating his quick exit across the lake.
On to the south lake, and a few more Swifts overhead.
At the far end, one of the Grey Herons was in his favourite spots, fishing, and catching sunlight.
It wasn't long before he decided to move on though.
Shouting his disapproval at being disturbed.
Passing the offices, a group of juvenile Blackcaps were flying from tree to tree, and generally having fun in the sun.
Reaching the rowing club, I found the pair of Mute Swans, with their lone offspring.
They were being very protective, keeping a few Mallards well away, and eventually decided to go off for a swim. The little one hurrying along behind.
From one of the boat jetties a small bird flew across to the other side of the lake.
A Common Sandpiper.
As I carried on I started to watch the Common Terns as they noisily flew around.
One caught my eye, and stood out from the rest.
I watched him for some time, and taking a few pictures. I had an idea of what it was, but wanted to confirm by checking when I got back home.
A Black Tern.
I'm pretty sure a juvenile.
A great morning once again.
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 Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Black Tern [sp] (Chlidonias niger)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 34