My first of the year, my first here, of the year, and they've arrived a year to the day.
A heavy shower first thing this morning, but by the time I'd arrived at the lake, it had stopped. The Reed Warbler was chuntering away, as usual, and as usual the recent sun had brought out the low life of the world. A camp fire and beer cans.
Their usual trade mark.
On round the north lake, and a young looking Mute Swan seemed to have a broken right wing. It hung down at its side, as it was feeding in the water.
A text to the Parks Trust, so hopefully they can sort something out for it.
A couple of Common Terns were flying around the top end, and half a dozen Swallows were skimming the water.
Amongst some brambles, I could hear the sound of a Sedge Warbler; my first for the year. After a lot of waiting and searching, he briefly showed himself, enough for an ID, and then dropped back in the brambles.
A pair of Common Sandpipers were still around, but too distant for any pictures.
A Crow was having great fun harassing a Grey Heron over some reeds.
Up by the weir, I managed to see the Whitethroat.
If you look at the top of its bill, it seems it seems to have a growth.
It certainly didn't hinder his singing though; he was in fine voice.
On round to the south lake, and it seemed to be getting a bit brighter.
Lots of warblers doing their warbling ....... Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, and another Whitethroat spotted at the far end.
On round to see the Robin, and then back down past the rowing club.
Another Grey Heron was noisily flying around, squawking at everything for some reason.
As I got to the town houses, the sky was filled with a dozen or more chattering House Martins, and amongst them, the Kings of the air had arrived. Swifts.
Hard to count as they scythed their way through the air, but at least a dozen.
As I got back to the car park, the sun had decided it was time to shine.
Full list of today's sightings
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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38