A holiday weekend so a very quick visit round the north lake, and the weather wasn't too good either.
After topping up the feeders I slowly made my way towards the footbridge, by the car park. A distant bird in the sky caught my eye. A Red Kite. Nice one. On I went with a spring in my step.
A cooler, windier day today, after a couple of days of sunshine, and no coat.
A few Reed Warblers calling in the bushes, and five Common Terns around today. Two have laid claim to the boat at the top end of the lake. Maybe they will breed again this year. Sadly every attempt the last few years has ended in tragedy for the chicks though. None have survived beyond the early stages of life.
Interesting to see a couple of Black-headed Gulls again. I'm guessing these are the ones that were unsuccessful in finding a mate.
As I reached the pub, a few spots of rain were falling from the dark clouds.
Skimming over the water by the rowing club, a group of Swallows, a couple of House Martins, and I counted one Sand Martin amongst them.
Over the road bridge, and then back to the car. I managed to dodge the worst of the rain.
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)
Red Kite [sp] (Milvus milvus)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Total species 26