Little Grebe: 3 pairs present.
Shoveler: 11 birds on Heron Island, area 8.
Red crested Pochard: 32 birds mainly drakes.
Common Shelduck: 2 fully-winged pairs present.
Northern Wheatear: 3 males on the cricket tables from 6.40am.
Blackcap: 3 males singing.
Chiffchaff: 12 singing birds around the park, 4 were in area 35.
This big bird dropped down on the grass outside my house at 5.45am.
The trouble with any bird that lands on the sports areas at the weekend have virtually no chance of resting in the park for long.
The male Kestrel showed well in the early morning sun.
The light was just in the right place to to take photos of Herons flying from area 8 to collect nesting material near Longbridge, area 35.
I then moved to my normal position area 9.
You have to look a more closely at the photo below it isn’t a different bird, well not all of it.
It is unusual for an established pair to have only one chick. Mind you it does allow this one to grow more rapidly as he gets all the food he wants without a squabble.
The female Red Crested Pochards are in demand.