Although I've been round the lake I've not posted, because I'm having problems with my internet connection. It's still not sorted properly; it's very sporadic, and I'm off to Wales soon for a few days too.
But, today, hot and sunny here.
The juvenile Bullfinch is still around by the footbridge, by the car park, along with a Whitethroat,
and an invisible, but very vocal, Chiffchaff.
No sign of any Greylag Geese for a few days now, but the Canada Geese are in good numbers, along with Black-headed Gulls. Not so many Common Terns about though.
Still good numbers of Mute Swans on the lake, mostly last years cygnets that are yet to leave, despite the efforts by one particular adult that seems hell bent on seeing them all off.
Making my way round the north lake, I could hear the sounds of 'begging' juvenile grebes. An adult Little Grebe had its work cut out trying to keep its three offspring fed.
Top end of the lake, a group of Cormorants were indulging in a spot of wing drying, while a couple of Great Crested Grebes were busily fishing.
On round the south lake, and very quiet down here, until I started to pass the island along the path towards the rowing club. Over on the island a Little Egret was stood staring at the water, and on the boat jetties, a couple of Grey Herons, doing pretty much the same.
Back by the car park, a quick look round the footbridge area, and a group of Long Tailed Tits flew in briefly,
a Whitethroat, and a juvenile Robin calling to another; possibly one of its parents.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 34