A Holiday Monday, sunny, and no video.
I wasn't going to bother with a post today, but despite a few people about in the sun, I did manage some pictures. There's a lot, I'll warn you now.
Undoubtedly the real stars at the moment are all the cygnets.
Everywhere you walk, there are proud parents,
and new life.
Lots of warblers warbling, (some visible, some not), and all the usual birds around.
At the top end of the north lake, the pair of swans that nested near the weir have lost one of their cygnets.
They now have four.
The geese are doing well with their goslings. On a day like this, the crowds of people with their kids, flocking to the pub, are eagerly feeding them bread. The geese are only too happy to relieve them of it.
On to the south lake, and a walk alongside the river, searching for any damsels and dragons.
Sadly nothing yet.
The wild flowers are doing well.
And of course, more swans and cygnets
Past the rowing club, and in the distance, an Oystercatcher.
He stood around for a while, and eventually flew over to Cormorant island.
I carried on towards the car park, enjoying the sun.
A Speckled Wood flew past, and settled long enough for a picture.
A piping sound caught my attention, and flying over to his mate was an Oystercatcher.
Hopefully they'll successfully breed again; although not much sign yet.
A quick walk through the long grass by the car park;
A damselfly. I think, a Common Blue.
An enjoyable morning in the sun, in the company of nature.
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)
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)
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)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 36