My first visit after being away in Wales for a month.
A lovely morning, marred only by a local tosser walking his three dogs off a lead, that decided to chase after a family of Mute Swans up by the rowing club. Thankfully the birds managed to escape into the water in time, even though one dog chased after them into the water.
The tosser didn't seem in the least bothered or concerned.
Maybe the Parks Trust could put a few signs up, reminding people to keep their dogs under control.
(I noticed that the local RSPB North Bucks Group have a field trip round here in November. A 10 a.m. start though)
Ok, the feeders were soon filled, and I began making tracks round the north lake first.
A large dragonfly was flying round the bushes; I'm guessing a Brown Hawker, since I've seen these flying quite early in the past.
It was good to see the Oystercatcher over by the pub, and a few Common Terns flying around.
Further along I came across some droppings.
I was wondering if they might be from an Otter? (Or maybe someone hasn't cleaned up after their dog).
Looked similar, but larger, to the gifts left by my garden hedgehog.
Not an expert on poo; although I have been known to talk a lot of it at times.
Up on the wall of the dam, a few Black-headed Gulls, and a Common Tern, taking in the sun.
I searched through the long grass looking for butterflies, but only found that my legs were getting wet instead. The boat that floats out on the lake here was empty. Last time I was here, the Common Terns were attempting to nest, yet again. I wonder if they had any luck this year.
Round to the pub, and a few Canada Geese around, and out on the water, and a Great Crested Grebe was carrying two juveniles on its back.
South lake, and the long grass by the edge, held a couple of butterflies.
The first one I found, and videoed, I thought at first was a meadow Brown, but looking at the picture I took, I've decided on a Gatekeeper.
The Small Copper was a much easier ID.
The next one, found in the bushes, I'm plumping for a Small White.
Up by the footbridge, over the river, usually a good spot for a few warblers.
It didn't disappoint this morning, with a juvenile Blackcap, and this juvenile Chiffchaff.
The usual Grey Heron was on guard at the far end, but no sign of my little Robin by the hide. I left him some seed anyway.
Down towards the rowing club, and the aforementioned tosser and his dogs, and then round by the houses. A lone House Martin flew overhead, and a couple of juvenile Grey Herons were having a dispute over who has the fishing rights in the distance.
A couple of Common Terns fishing in front of Cormorant island; and then it was time to head home
Enjoyable morning; and now the gardening head has to go on. Some weeding to do at home.
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)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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 Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 31