The day after the threatened big storm that missed us.
A sunny start, once the sun dragged itself from its slumbers, and a quick look at Cormorant island gave up a departing Little Egret, followed by a couple of Magpies in hot pursuit.
A lot of gulls had roosted on the south lake, and it was this part I started at for a change.
As always, they are too distant for decent pictures, but there's certainly good numbers at the moment. An early morning with a scope I think.
At the far end of the south lake, a male Shoveler still in his breeding plumage was a nice sight. A group of Tufted Duck, and some Gadwall made up the rest.
By now the sun was rising in the sky, as an orange orb.
By the footbridge, over the river, a group of Long Tailed Tits were noisily working their way through the trees in search of insects. A couple of Grey Herons stood along the lake edge, and another large group of Tufted Ducks were slowly swimming past.
At the north lake, a quick look to see how the pub extension is coming along, before making my way towards the far end, and the arm that goes behind the pub.
A noisy Green Woodpecker flew into the trees on the far side, and the whistling sound of a group of Wigeon cut through the still air.
A couple of Mute Swans were circling the lake, looking for somewhere to settle, and a couple more Grey Herons were over on the far bank.
Up towards the wall of the dam, and half a dozen Black-headed Gulls were stood on the wall, like a gang of teenagers on a street corner.
Round towards the island, and a blue flash of a Kingfisher gliding over the water.
A group of Cormorants were fishing out in the sun,
which was drawing the attention of a few pirates, in the guise of Black-headed Gulls.
Always chancers, and seeking easy meals.
One advantage of going round the lake this way, I was able to surprise the Grey Heron that fishes under the footbridge near the bandstand.
He seemed quite put out that I'd managed to get a close picture, but soon noisily departed towards the privacy of the island.
Finally I was back at the car park, and by the footbridge, in the bushes, a male Chaffinch was busily preening in the morning sunlight.
And of course, as I stood there on the bridge, one of the Crows came down to see if I had food.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Total species 35