A very brief visit just round the north lake today.
As I got out the car, three Little Egrets left the roost over on Cormorant island, all heading north.
As I topped up the feeders, Mrs Mallard arrived with her youngsters, waiting for her share. They are certainly growing fast now; almost as big as her.
The sun caught the pub in its golden glory, and a rainbow glowed in the dark clouds.
A rain shower was on its way. Thankfully it didn't last long.
A couple of juvenile Reed Warblers were playing chase amongst the reeds, and Blue Tits were calling from the trees. More juveniles. It seems a lot of birds have had a good breeding season here, despite the poor weather.
Up at the top end of the lake, there were a lot of House Martins soaring over the tree tops, feasting on the flying insects; and the row of trees in the field by the river, are already taking on their golden leaves for the autumn.
The gully was empty. No Great Crested Grebe today. Apparently he left a couple of days ago; he must have cleared all the fish.
Over on the far side, a Grey Heron stood motionless, waiting for his catch of the day.
Up towards the pub, and a Pied Wagtail sat briefly on the roof of the boat club.
A very quick visit today; lots to do.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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)
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 29