First visit after getting back from Wales, and a good start to begin with.
A Magpie sunning himself.
Blue skies and sunshine to start the morning, and the birds were in fine voice.
Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers seemed to be having a singing contest around the lake, and every so often a Blackcap would join in with his melodic warble.
Whisky enjoyed seeing some of his old friends and catching up on the latest dog gossip.
One thing I noticed straight away, was how the trees have all started to burst into leaf. Back in Wales there isn't much colour in the trees yet, so I couldn't resist taking a back-lit blossom branch.
The sun was short lived though, as a big bank of cloud soon covered the sky, and sent the temperature dropping fast. I wondered if I should just do the north lake, as it looked as though it could possibly turn into a storm ....................... I'm glad I carried on though.
The south lake had lots of House Martins, Swallows and Sand Martins skimming over the water, feasting on the insects.
More Blackcaps calling from the bushes and trees, and as I got down to the rowing club, two flashes of yellow streaked past me.
A Pied Wagtail was wandering along with them.
Out on one of the jetties, a lone Oystercatcher.
Hopefully his mate was sat on the nest somewhere.
Past the houses and back towards the car park.
Off to see the other half perhaps?
Before we reached the car park, I had to take a picture of this tree in full blossom.
A shame the sun wasn't shining now.
Full list of today's sightings
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 Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Total species 36