I met Trevor at the lake this morning, and we had a stroll in the sun, hoping to see Swallows and Martins.
The usual crowd of birds were out on show, including lots of Chiffchaff and quite a few Blackcaps.
Another bird we managed to see this morning, was the Cetti's Warbler.
It's been a couple of years since I've seen one here, so it was good to see and hear another. In fine voice too.
Just a short video clip unfortunately; too shy for a photo shoot.
As we made our way up round the back of the pub, I thought I heard the sound of an Oystercatcher. A few seconds later two flew past, calling as they went.
Maybe they are nesting again on the island.
Making our way down the south lake, Trevor picked up a bird as it flew into a hedge.
A fine looking Willow Warbler, (my first here for the year), preening and stretching his wings.
Doing his best to hide in the bushes.
We also managed some video footage.
A quick feed for the Robin, and the waiting Crows, and it was then past the rowing club.
Right on cue, for about this time of the year, a Swallow flew across the lake. We got the bins focused, and found a few more, skimming over the water, in the spring sunshine.
As we made our way back to the car park, up above a Buzzard flapped by.
Full list of today's birds
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Cetti's Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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