Got down nice and early at 05.00 - 08.15, a very strong north westerly breeze, heavy cloud and one heavy shower, if only the wind had been from the south with yesterdays weather we might of had a few things going through.
At the bottom entrance the playing field had a good number of Canada Geese including a group of 4 young and a small group of 2 young, the group of two although with a pair of Canada Geese are a bit unusual nothing like the other young with orange bills and legs (see photo in next entry). Very little on the boating lake except the 2x Great Crested Grebes sharing nesting duties, on the main lake, 12x Mute Swans, 2x Tufted Ducks and 4x Great Crested Grebes, a male Reed Bunting was calling form the trees by Ted Heath Rock.
In the Nature Reserve, 1x Willow Tit, 2x Reed Warblers, 1x Chiffchaff, 4x Blackcaps, 1x Whitethroat, 1x Garden Warbler and the female Mute Swan with it's youngster on it's back, along the 'Avenue' a family of Coal Tits with at least 4 young but probably more and a couple of Blackcaps.
The old gas/sewage works had 5x Stock Dove, 2x Chiffchaff, 2x Whitethroat and along the canal just of the patch a Grey Heron which had been reported to me as being in a poorly state, it apparently hadn't moved for 3 days having flown into the bridge, it didn't look in very good condition and just sat on the opposite bank looking at us.
Back along the canal side of the main lake and the creche of x31 young Canada Geese where busy learning how to eat bread! also on the old beach the only Little Ringed Plover of the day.
Total species seen 42.