Some exceptional light early this morning.
But after that, it deteriorated somewhat, Dull, cloudy, a bit of wind, spots of rain, and not many birds. I heard lots, but I only count the ones I see.
From the road bridge, towards the south lake, the early sun lit up the far bank.
Over by the pub, two Oystercatchers, feeding amongst the Starlings on the grass, were soon disturbed by a jogger. This was 5:20 this morning; why some people get up so early is beyond me.
Warblers were warbling everywhere, but impossible to see this morning. A couple of Herons, Swallows skimming the water, Swifts overhead, and Common Terns screaming as they dived at the water.
The sun shone, the rain came, the wind blew; it was quite a mixed up morning.
Even this Mallard seemed a little out of place.
At the far end of the south lake, I found a stretch of grass full of Cuckooflowers. A couple of days ago, I was excited I'd seen my first; this morning there were hundreds. And very nice to see.
No sign of the Robin, and as I passed the rowing club, more Swallows over the water, and Swifts high in the sky.
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Total species 29