A sunny start to the morning, but cloud soon rolled in, and with it, a few spots of rain.
I almost didn't bother this morning, and practically gave up after doing the north lake.
But I'm glad I didn't.
After going back to the car after an uninspiring north lake, (or was it just me being lethargic?), the rain had stopped. I grabbed my jacket anyway, as it was getting a bit cold with just a sweatshirt, and I decided to walk the south lake.
There had already been plenty of warblers around, but they just weren't playing fair, and not wanting their pictures taken. I'd hardly taken any video either, resigned to the fact it would be a 'no post' day.
Walking down the path on the south lake, towards the far end, something caught my eye in the trees along the river. Bins up, and yes, a Spotted Flycatcher. Only the second time I've seen one here at the lake; the last time being 25th August 2011.
That post is here.
Needless to say, by the time I'd dropped the bins, and reached for the camera, he'd done his characteristic dash for a fly, and settled further along the tree; then disappeared.
I'd hoped he would re-appear further along, but it was not to be.
Oh well, at least another bird for the annual list, and one for the lake list for 2013.
At the far end, pictures were easier to come by.
No sign of Robin, and by now the joggers were coming out, along with the boats.
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Spotted Flycatcher [sp] (Muscicapa striata)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36