It's been a while since I walked the lake with the intention of doing a post too. Today was the day; an early 5 a.m. start, and I had the place almost to myself.
A few Mallards met me under the road bridge, and there were a lot of geese and goslings out on the water in front of the pub.
Everywhere is looking lush and green; lets hope the chainsaw crew stay away, and let nature get on with it.
Up at the top end, on the floating boat, a pair of Common Terns look as if they might be nesting. A female Mallard stood on the end of the boat, minding her own business, but was being dived bombed by the Common Terns. She wasn't moving, so they eventually gave up, and settled at the other end.
Across from the gully, the swan family from the weir end, were feeding. The cygnets looking good, and growing fast.
At the pub, quite a large flock of Starlings milling around. All juveniles, so I guess they're on their own now. A few Pied Wagtails, and an Oystercatcher noisily took off, and did a circuit of the lake.
The Mallards met me again as I made my way towards the road bridge, and a big group of Canada and Greylag Geese. A lot of goslings with them, and a few of the adult birds made it clear I wasn't welcome.
At the far end of the south lake, there's still no sign of any Orchids coming through yet. The area where they grew had been under a lot of water for a while earlier in the year, so maybe that's why.
There's a few Ox-eye Dasies growing though.
Down towards the rowing club, and a few spots of rain began falling. A Green Woodpecker was busily hoovering up ants, but as I tried to get closer, he was off.
Past the houses, and a few Swifts overhead, four Pied Wagtails, and a single Sand Martin flew around. All around the lake this morning, it has been good to see a lot of House Sparrows too. Most of them with insects in their beaks, so hopefully all will have plenty of chicks. A bird that is in decline in a lot of areas, so good to know we've got a few here.
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 Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Total species 33