A new month and all excited about what new birds can be added to my patch list, sadly I missed the new tick later in the morning, more about that later, weather was again sunny and bright with a slight mist over the water, no breeze of note, temp was slightly warmer at 14c, a nice long visit from 06.15 - 09.15.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over as I entered the park and later one was heard in the nature reserve and one on the old sewage works, so at least 2 possibly 3 birds present, Mute Swans have dropped slightly again with 3 on the boating lake and 16 on the main lake, the adult Great Crested Grebes have left the boating lake to the 2 older juveniles now they have lost there last chick, I'm not sure where they have gone because there was 8 on the main lake of which 2 are juveniles which is the norm, a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were with the Black-headed Gulls on the main lake, also on there, a drop to 68 Tufted Ducks, 4 Pochard and 2 Ruddy Ducks (Shhhh), back on the boating lake and the Shoveler was on the point.
Along the nature reserve side of the main lake and a large flock of Tits and Warblers included about 3 Chiffchaffs, a Chaffinch, Nuthatch and 2 Treecreepers, a Grey Heron was in the trees at the top pool and about 10+ House Martins were flying around with 2 Swifts, the Green Woodpecker was heard calling from the old gas works and later I saw it flying across the railway line towards Bradwell Woods, a Willow Tit was in the bushes by the telegraph pole on the old sewage works with 4 Willow Warblers, 15+ Chiffchaffs and 6 Blackcaps, a couple more Willow Tits were in the nature reserve with another singing Willow Warbler and a few Chiffchaffs, a Cormorant flew over the gas works heading south and a single Mistle Thrush on here with another 7 on the canal side of the main lake, by the visitor centre, 2 Grey Wagtails and 3 Pied Wagtails.
Total species seen 45.
Later in the morning I received a call from Colin telling me that Alan Hancock and himself had just had a Osprey fly through heading south, this is the 2nd record of the year with the first being in spring.