A lovely sunny start to the morning, and the lake was looking splendid.
The Bramble bushes are beginning to heave with fruit now, some turning black already. The birds are going to be in for treat. A lot of juvenile birds about; the trees were alive with their comings and goings.
A few Common Terns flying around, and diving into the water, as they search for fish, and a few Cormorants doing a spot of fishing too.
Great Crested Grebe families were swimming together, and the cygnets are all doing well, and growing fast.
The top end of the north lake had a few noisy Green Woodpeckers, yaffling away as they were flying across the water, and a couple of Grey Herons were like statues, as they stood motionless, waiting for an unsuspecting fish to pass by.
Round past the pub, Starlings probing the grass, and Canada Geese gathering in groups.
Onto the south lake.
The sun was still shining, so I decided to walk through the long grass at the side of the lake, and search for butterflies. No sooner had I stepped amongst it, a Common Blue presented itself.
A very tatty looking specimen, (a lot of these about), as were most of the other butterflies I encountered.
It wasn't just butterflies; there were quite a few Six-spot Burnet moths, Silver Y, and a couple of Common Carpet.
Plenty of Small White, resting, waiting for the sun to gain some strength,
and some spectacular looking Small Copper.
They really 'shine', in the sunlight.
I seemed to be disturbing so many from their slumber, that I got back on the path eventually, and left them to it. I made my way to the footbridge, over the river, towards the far end.
A couple of Jackdaws flew overhead as I began to scan through the trees and brambles.
Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, and Willow Warbler were all busily flitting around in their search for insects.
Round past the bird hides, and the Lord and Ladies were thrusting their way through the ground, under the trees.
A sign Autumn isn't that far away.
Making my way towards the rowing club, I looked back at the island, and found amongst the trees, a Grey Heron, with two Little Egrets either side.
Past the houses, and on towards the car park, and over by Cormorant island, a family of Mute Swans taking a nap, a couple of Herring Gulls, Cormorants, and up in the trees, two more Little Egrets.
An enjoyable morning, with plenty to see.
Full list of today's species
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 35