Some heavy overnight rain left the grass very wet this morning; and the dull, black cloud cover slowly began to clear.
A couple of Little Egrets had an overnight stay by Cormorant island, and on the footbridge, the juvenile Bullfinch was boldly feeding along with Dunnocks, Blue Tits and Chaffinch. A Wren was searching in the crevices for some insect breakfast.
The cat cam had only picked up the local cats last night, so this morning I set it up by the feeders, in the hope of capturing some activity while I walked round the lake.
I counted 43 Mute Swans up on the north lake, with one adult showing his might by harassing a few of the younger ones, until he got bored, and then settled down to just feed.
In the gully, no swans, but a Great Crested Grebe.
No worries about him being stranded; but he gave me some good opportunities for some pictures.
A Kingfisher flashed past, and settled out of sight in the distant trees; and a Grey Heron stood on the far bank, in the hope of catching some fish.
Tufted Duck and Coot in the foreground
Walking round by the pub, a couple of Pied Wagtails were on the grass with a few Canada Geese, and three Grey Wagtails were chasing each other along the edge.
I crossed the road bridge, and went down to the feeders.
I wanted to change the 'cat cam' to face the other feeders, in the hope of catching some action. As I made my way there, a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew from one of the nut feeders.
Back up round the south lake, and the Crows were out of luck. In the rush to get the 'cat cam' for this morning, I'd forgotten to pack some apples.
At the far end, very little in the way of birdlife; although the boat people were out now.
The Mute Swans with the single cygnet were swimming down this end, and the cygnets curiosity got the better of him, as he began to swim towards one of the rowing boats. After a distant look at this large strange 'bird' on the water, he decided to go back to the safety of his parents.
In the water, by the rowing club, a rather large, bright orange Crayfish.
As I passed the houses beyond the rowing club, half a dozen House Martins flew overhead. Grabbing a few flies for their long journey ahead.
Over on Cormorant island, a lone Little Egret sat in the trees.
Back at the car park, a quick look round the footbridge, found the juvenile Bullfinch again,
and in the bushes, with some Blue Tits, and a few juvenile Greenfinches,
a young looking Chiffchaff.
a young looking Chiffchaff.
A check of the 'cat cam' before I left revealed ................ nothing, apart from me setting it up. Hmmmm, not sure why it didn't pick up anything. Maybe there was nothing down there this morning.
There was a Treecreeper down there though while I was there.
Another good morning.
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)
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)
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 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 38