Started out at 06.10 this morning and it was 09.30 by the time I got home, so a nice long visit, and it showed with one of my best days of the year so far, the weather started off cold with a slight ground frost, it then clouded over with a slight shower, then clearing up with sunny intervals, the breeze was slight and northwesterly.
As soon as I entered the park it was noticeable that there was lots going on with bird song coming from all directions, there where a couple of Blackcaps singing at the entrance along with a couple of Willow Warblers, by the end of my visit I'd seen 8x Blackcap and 5x Willow Warblers, also I heard something unusual calling but couldn't pin it down, made my way to the main lake, 4x Little Ringed Plover on the grass verge and bank, as well as the 2x Great Crested Grebes on the boating lake there where five on the main lake, Mute Swans x14, Tufted Duck x17 and the Grey Heron fishing around the edge of the lake.
I met up with Nick Smith and told him about the unusual call at the entrance, so we went down to have a look, couldn't hear anything but almost immediately we picked up on a Whitethroat in the tree top, a first for the year.
We then went through to the nature reserve where the highlights were Chiffchaff x5, Reed Bunting x3, Bullfinch x2 and flying over in the Sand Martin flock were a handful of House Martins.
As Nick rushed off to work I had a look for the Sedge Warbler from yesterday that I'd missed but no joy, as I made my way along the canal side of the main lake I heard the Sedge Warbler singing from the very area I'd just been looking, so made my way back and after a few minutes searching I managed to locate it in the thick of the Dogwood, my 2nd year tick of the day. Here I meet up with Richard Sutton who had seen a Common Sandpiper earlier.
I decided too make another circuit of the lake and nature reserve, a single Jay was in the reserve and a Willow Tit without its tail was near the boardwalk bridge.
Back on the lake and the male Shoveler was back also a Cormorant was fishing on the lake, on the old gas works 2x Stock Doves, as I left there were good numbers of Swallows, Sand Martins and 5+ House Martins all flying around the lake.
Total number seen this morning was 45.