A quick visit this morning; I'm waiting for a new toy to arrive, and I need to get some supplies for the trip to Birdfair on Friday.
Good to see the Mallard family down by the feeders again this morning, and somehow a small feeder left by someone some time ago, has managed to get twenty odd feet up in a tree.
I noticed it a while ago; maybe Twizzle does live after all.
A very warm, sticky start to the day, and a few Brown Hawkers flying around.
Just the north lake this morning; I also wanted to see if the swans were still stranded.
As I made my way there, I counted almost fifty swans swimming up at the top end.
Had the others been rescued, and had joined the main group? I'd soon find out.
A Common Sandpiper flew across the lake, calling as it went.
Now the most I've seen of these here has been two. And I've seen them on the north lake, and the south lake. Are there more than two here, or do they just fly about a lot?
Another Mallard was up by the dam, with four ducklings. Looking at the size of them, I would guess they were the group of seven.
And as I reached the gully, no swans. Brilliant. Freedom at last. Maybe it was a result from people contacting the Parks Trust?
As I reached the pub, to make my way home, I noticed a sign on the sailing club.
An open day today.
Now, me being a cynical old bugger immediately thought the only reason the swans had been moved, was because it wouldn't look good if lots of people attending the open day, wandered down there and saw them swimming up and down in that gully, looking distressed.
No, surely not the reason Keith.
Well, whatever the reason, it was good to see them out of there.
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)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
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)
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)
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 27