While I topped up the feeders, the female Mallard arrived with her five ducklings; and have they grown. As big as mum now, and looking very healthy.
Something I've noticed the last few days, early in the morning, before the sun shines, and even in dull, cloudy weather, there are still a few Brown Hawker dragonflies flying around. Not something I expected to see in those conditions.
A quick visit round the north lake today, mainly to see how the swans are doing in the gully.
The appalling mess had been cleared from the picnic table yesterday; I'm guessing by the Parks Trust rangers. Well done to them, or whoever cleared it.
I did visit yesterday, and there were twelve Mute Swans swimming up and down the gully, and being harassed by an adult male, above them. Today, they were back to thirteen.
I noticed one had an orange leg ring, with the number 964, so when I get some information on him, I'll post here.
A short visit and post today. I can't get motivated.
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 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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Total species 25