Since getting back from Wales last week, I've had a daily visit to the lake with Whisky. The idea is to get him used to the car.
We're getting there.
This is the first blog post since getting back, and there were some good birds to be seen.
First thing I've noticed, is the introduction of a new rubbish bin at the car park.
Every day it's been full, so hopefully that will go a long way to helping the problem of the dirty buggers that just dump their rubbish.
Garden Warblers and Blackcaps were calling around by the footbridge at the car park, along with foraging Blue Tits, Blackbirds and a Song Thrush.
We walked under the road bridge, and opposite, where the pub is, a Common Sandpiper flew to the edge, was disturbed by a jogger, and flew back again.
One of the Oystercatchers was visible too, by one of the boat jetties.
Just the north lake today, because I'm awaiting a parcel, that will hopefully come later.
Towards the footbridge by the bandstand, a Grey Heron was standing on the handrail.
Heading towards the wall of the dam, we met up with four other dog walkers, with a variety of dogs between them .............. various ages, sizes and breeds. Half a dozen.
They were all friendly, and Whisky was in his element ............ dogs and people.
I know I would say this, but he does seem to be, (at the moment), a very sociable dog, which is a good thing.
He doesn't seem to want to chase after the ducks and geese either. Probably because in Wales he was used to a large goose, and 13 chickens running around the place.
Hopefully he will stay this way. There's nothing worse than seeing a dog, off a lead, chasing and harassing the wildlife.
Up by the wall of the dam, is an area of long grass, that is a magnet for Marbled White butterflies, amongst other species.
It wasn't the best time of the day to see them, they do like a bit of sun and warmth, but I managed to get a couple on video, while Whisky was charging through the long grass.
I spent a long while here a couple of days ago in the sun, and the area was full of Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, and Common Blue Damselfly.
Eventually we left here, and carried on round the arm of the lake, at the back of the pub.
Lots of geese on the water, and Common Terns flying overhead.
More geese in front of the pub, and quite a few juvenile Pied Wagtails. They do seem to do well here.
Finally it was over the road bridge, and back to the car park.
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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 28