...........and sunshine too.
A lovely morning round the lake, with plenty to see. Even Whisky had a good time playing with some of his friends.
The birds were in fine voice around the car park this morning;
as well as Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Cetti's Warbler and Blackcap. A real dawn chorus. Even the geese were honking away over on the lake.
Under the road bridge, and round the north lake.
Over in the distance, by the pub, I caught a glimpse of one of the Oystercatchers, probing the grass with his long bill.
Lots of Reed Warblers calling from the reeds, and a couple of Sedge Warblers too.
A lot of nesting activity too, with Mute Swans, Coots, Great Crested Grebe and Mallards.
Whitethroats have finally taken up territory where they usually are.
A shame about the tangle of branches around him, but it was difficult to get him still long enough.
I saw my first Cuckooflower today too,
also known as Lady's Smock.
There seems to have been an explosion of ducklings and goslings since I last visited; they're everywhere. This Mallard seemed pleased with himself.
Up towards the south lake, and the sound of one of the Cetti's Warblers was echoing under the road bridge.
Further along and a couple of friends for Whisky to play with, before we carried on towards the far end.
Another Whitethroat, just where I expected to find one.
Not many ducks on the lake now, just a few Mallards. The Coots are still in good numbers though, and in fine fighting form as usual.
Past the rowing club, and three Swifts flew overhead. Nothing skimming over the water today though, the boats were out in force for the weekend.
Finally, back at the car park, and one last look around before heading home.
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
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)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38