.....and we shall have migrants.
Clear skies, and a stiff, cool breeze from the north this morning, and with it a few birds.
I'm beginning to sound like a grown up birder here; almost as though I know what I'm talking about.
Lots of Redwings around this morning, and even more Fieldfares.
The arrivals are coming.
Still quite a few Jays and dark billed Blackbirds too, and by the footbridge at the car park, lots of Goldfinches. They're ours though, with lots of noisy juveniles amongst them.
A few other song birds in the bushes by the footbridge too.
A few Grey Herons dotted around the lake; and one was taking a break on one of the benches, enjoying the autumn sunshine.
I watched a couple of male Mute Swans squaring up to each other for some time; circling around each other and posturing; but nothing came of it while I was there.
There's still a few cygnets on the lake, and one group flew around the north lake a couple of times, following an adult bird.
The Wigeon seem to have been replaced by Tufted Duck at the moment, and I'm sure the fishermen are not too pleased about the large numbers of Cormorants around.
The foundations of the winter gull roost are beginning to form on the south lake.
This morning, a lot of Herring Gulls, big numbers of Black-headed Gulls, and a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls. I suspect the Common Gulls and a few others will be joining them all soon, as the days wear on.
An enjoyable walk this morning; but no video again. I must make more effort in future.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Total species 28