A very quick visit this morning; had to be back for 8 a.m.
Down by the feeders, the Mallard was hungrily waiting for some food, along with her now rapidly growing ducklings. It's been a few days since my last visit, and most of the feeders were empty. These birds can certainly eat.
Under the road bridge, and I noticed a lack of Mute Swans. On my last visit I counted at least 30, but this morning, only the pair with the five grown up cygnets. Strange.
Not so many Black-headed Gulls this morning either, and no Swifts in the air, that I could see.
Further round the footpath, and I found quite a big group of Canada Geese, busily engaged in some feeding.
Up at the top end, and the Mute Swan mystery was solved. They were all up there.
A quick count gave 35, with a couple more further along.
Back at the car park, a Robin posed briefly for a picture,
my first with the replacement lens, and then it was time to get off home.
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
Total species 27