Well, I did visit yesterday, got a quarter way round, and got soaked; so I turned back. Needless to say, once I'd got home, the rain stopped, and the sun came out.
This morning though, it managed to keep dry.
I took the feeders down before I left for Wales last month. Two had been stolen earlier, and two more just before I went. So whoever was nicking them, you'll have to buy your own bloody feeders now.
Under the road bridge, and the group of Mallards hadn't forgotten me. They were straight there for some seed. I had a little in my pocket, so a couple of handfuls, and I had to make a quick exit before they wanted more.
Nice to be remembered though.
Along the footpath a Migrant Hawker was hawking for insects, and then finally settled so I could snatch a picture.
I've seen quite a few of these this year; far more than any other dragon.
Round towards the bandstand, and quite a group of Cormorants were fishing by the footbridge. They had attracted the attention of a large number of pirates, in the shape of Black-headed Gulls, ready to steal any fish they might catch. A juvenile Grey Heron was sat in the trees watching it all; until I arrived with the camera, and then they all took flight.
Heading towards the dam, and the first of the boat people were slicing through the water, and a few joggers were pounding past on the footpath. Going to be a busy Saturday. Such a contrast to where I've just left.
Round by the pub I counted six Pied Wagtails. Not sure if they were all from the same family or not, and further round, another group. They seem to have done well this year.
Onto the south lake, and a couple of Grey Herons along the bank,
trying to fish, whilst the boats were noisily going by.
Yea, the little bloke in the back of the boat shouting out his instructions, has an amplified voice now, so we can all hear what he has to say.
No sign of the Robin at the bird hide, but I did hear one singing his little song.
I left him some seed anyway.
Round past the rowing club, and more boats; past the houses and along towards the car park.
A couple of Cormorants flew past,
and a Great Crested Grebe had caught what looked like a Perch.
He had his breakfast, so it was time for mine.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Total species 22