A hot sunny day.
The feeders took a little more to fill up this morning, after missing them yesterday, whilst I had fun at Birdfair spending money.
Mrs Mallard was down there, (at the feeders), and the missing piebald duckling was with her. Good to see him back safe and sound.
Another group of ducklings under the road bridge, and a couple of noisy Grey Herons arguing over fishing rites. A Kingfisher flew under the bridge, and disappeared into the bushes.
Still flying around were half a dozen Swifts; surely they'll be off to Africa soon?
Over by the island, a lone Gadwall was swimming with some Mallards.
I guess winter won't be far away now. I imagine we'll have Wigeon turning up soon.
Plenty of Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns; and the good weather had brought out a few fishermen too.
Making my way down to the south lake, a group of Canada Geese were grazing by the footpath, and a couple of Crows were hanging round, hopefully waiting for the apple core. At the far end of the lake, in his usual spot, the Pochard was chilling.
Amongst the wild flowers and long grass by the waters edge, I spotted my first Small Copper of the year.
A beautiful, small butterfly.
Meadow Brown, were flying in the sun too.
As always, a few day flying moths too.
I don't know the ID of this one. One of the 'wave' moths perhaps?
If anyone knows, I'd love to know too.
Maybe Trevor knows? He got a lovely moth book yesterday while we were out.
Past the rowing club, and the boat people were beginning to set off.
Over by Cormorant island, the pair of Mute Swans were swimming with their four cygnets. They are growing so fast now.
Back at the car park, I decided to wander through the long grass, thistles and nettles.
There be dragons here; and I wasn't disappointed.
A Brown Hawker just wouldn't settle, but I managed a couple of others.
Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.
A few butterflies were fluttering in the warm sunshine too.
A Holly Blue,
and I thought rather surprisingly,
a Speckled Wood.
The birds were being vocal too; which always helps with ID's.
A young Chiffchaff, soon to be on his way for the winter, perhaps.
And a very fine looking Willow Warbler.
So fresh and yellow, he reminded me of a small Wood Warbler.
An excellent morning.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Total species 33