A miserable morning, made worse by having wet feet.
I just decided on doing the north lake today; anyone with an ounce of sense would have stayed in bed.
After topping up the feeders, and feeding a couple of ducks, (still no Doris), I scanned the north lake through the bins. A lot of Swallows and House Martins over the water, and 4 or 5 Common Terns. Not much of anything else though.
The water level seems to have dropped a bit; Kingfisher island has a shore now.
A bit further along, I saw a hedgehog, making his way home to bed.
The top end of the lake had the Common Terns on their boat, and lots of Cuckooflowers bursting through the grass now.
Down towards the pub, a couple of Oystercatchers were looking for worms, a group of Starlings and a couple of Pied Wagtails, and Swallows and House Martins sitting in the trees, and around the edge of the lake.
A couple of Mallards came over, and after feeding them, I headed off to the car park.
A lot of the birds remained hidden in the bushes; can't say I blame them.
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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
Total species 23