Great Crested Grebe; Cormorant; Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Greylag Goose; Canada Goose; Egyptian Goose; Mallard; Shoveler; Gadwall; Teal; Tufted Duck; Pochard; Pheasant; Moorhen; Coot; Lapwing; Black-headed Gull; Lesser Black-backed Gull; Woodpigeon; Feral Pigeon; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Green Woodpecker; Wren; Dunnock; Robin; Nightingale; Blackbird; Cetti's Warbler (H); Reed Warbler; Garden Warbler; Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Magpie; Jay; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch (H); Greenfinch; Reed Bunting.
Plus: Grey Squirrel; Muntjac; Rabbit.
Plus: Brimstone; Comma; Holly Blue; Peacock butterflies.
I ventured out a bit later than usual today, getting to the Fishers Green area around 11.30.
I was still suffering from being battered and bruised from lasts Saturday's escapades and was a bit sunburnt on the hands and wrists as well. But hey, we finally have warmth and sunshine and spring has sprung. Plus the rest of the week is forecast for rain. So, all lathered up with sunscreen, I set out again.
Other notable sights were around 15 or so Great Crested Grebes, one pair of which did the head-shaking thing, re-affirming their marital vows. Most of them were seen from the Grebe Hide, which was finally living up to its name. Around the same area as the Nightingales was a single Garden Warbler singing away.
|GCG on the nest.|
There were lots of people about, dog-walkers; cyclists; joggers. Plus sundry others almost everywhere. There were even people messing about in boats, in two lakes.
I had intended to visit the Hall Marsh Scrape last thing in the early evening, just to see if there were any other different visitors to when I visit first thing in the morning. But I spoke to a guy in the Bittern Hide on my second visit there who had just come from the Scrape and who said that only an LRP was down there. So, feeling a bit shattered, I decided to head home around 5.30.
It was another good day out in the warm weather. Long may it continue.