Made up word; but first proper visit since getting back from Wales, and the first bird seen this morning was a Buzzard being escorted from the lake by a Black-headed Gull.
A little while later a Sparrowhawk glided across the north lake. A good start, and the sun even shone too.
As I made my way under the road bridge, after topping up the feeders, a Grey Heron flew in and stood at the edge. He didn't stay too long though; as I carried on along the path he soon flew across the lake, towards the boat jetty.
Quite a few Herons about this morning.
Along the path a lot of the trees have begun to drop their leaves, and some of the shrubs are bursting with berries. A sign that winter isn't too far away.
A large patch of brown mushrooms were growing in the grass too.
Up towards the top end of the lake, and wisps of mist still clung to the surface of the water. And in the mist, a boat. Yea, it's Saturday.
On the wall of the dam were two Pied Wagtails, and too quick for the camera, were a pair of Grey Wagtails flying past.
On the arm that goes at the back of the pub, a pair of Wigeon.
I expect they'll soon be joined by a lot more.
Even though the sun was shining, there was still a chill in the air as I made my way towards the south lake.
A Jay flew overhead, a couple of Jackdaws, noisily calling as they passed, and some Reed Buntings in the bushes at the edge of the lake. A few more boats were cutting through the stubborn mist on the water, and as I reached the bottom end of the lake, a Mute Swan was busily feeding, oblivious to all that was going on.
As I finally neared the rowing club, a couple of Mute Swans flew in.
I watched them as they began to slow down, and drop towards the water, only to seemingly change their minds at the last minute, and decide to carry on.
The four cygnets from Cormorant island have really grown now, and are no longer reliant on the adults for food or company.
Back at the car park, a couple of Wrens were chattering away, and moving between the long grass.
A good welcome back to the lake.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 33