A sunny morning, with no rain.
From Cormorant island, the pair of Mute Swans were out this morning, with their new additions.
I watched them for ages, as they fed together, pulling weed from under the water, and stripping new shoots from an overhanging tree.
Close by was a female Mallard, with her five ducklings. A good start to the morning.
I made my way to the north lake, and stood watching the Swallows, House Martins and Swifts flying over the water. A couple of Mallards came over for some seed, and after feeding them, I decided to take some pictures of the Swallows.
Suddenly, all the birds flew up in the air, and spread out.
A Hobby was hunting, swooping down and around. Not sure if he caught any, it all happened so quickly, and he soared off towards the trees.
All was quiet for about fifteen minutes. No sight or sound of any birds.
Eventually they appeared, and carried on with their day, as though nothing had happened.
I carried on around the lake, stopping at various spots to watch the birds skimming over the water. The Swifts were shooting past me so close, I could hear the rush of wind as they passed; and the Swallows expertly skimmed the water.
Eventually I was at the south lake, searching for any sign of yesterdays Spotted Flycatcher. Nothing.
Lots of the usual birds seen though, and quite a few just heard. No matter how hard I searched, I couldn't see some of them. The leaves on the trees are making it more difficult now to spot them.
Past the rowing club, and boats were by now out on the water.
A last look at the Mute Swan family, still feeding, and then back to the car.
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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Eurasian Hobby [sp] (Falco subbuteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
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 Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36