That means crowds; so a short visit today.
Quite a few fishermen about today; some of a dubious nature too. The ones that don't pay for a ticket/licence, and don't put the fish back afterwards.
A Wren was hopping along a garden fence in the early sunlight, and posed briefly for a few pictures.
Up by the dam, a Kingfisher flew across the lake, and overhead a couple of Lapwing were flying northwards. I imagine going towards Willen Lake.
I watched a couple of Grey Herons having a dispute over fishing areas. One was determined to chase the other as far away as possible. He succeeded eventually, and settled down on his perch by the weir.
Down in the gully, the Great Crested Grebe was still swimming around.
There would appear to be plenty of smallish fish in there; they get in and out through the sluice gate, so he seems quite happy with a 'captive' food supply at the moment.
It also means it's easier for me to get some close up shots of him.
We have developed a system.
He surfaces, I take some pictures; he dives.
I walk along to the other end of the gully, and wait.
He surfaces, I take my pictures, (I have to be quick), and then he dives again.
I walk to the other end, and we do it all over again.
It works well, it's just a shame the sun is in the wrong place.
As I passed the pub, that would be packed with people later, I noticed the glasses left lying around. A shame people can't take them back, or at least leave them on one of the tables. Some were even left by the children's play area. No excuse for that.
Enjoy your holiday today.
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)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
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 Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 29