With clear skies overnight I wasn’t expecting to find many if any migrants in the park this morning. I was right my only new species for the year were the pair of regularly returning pair of Common Terns. This pair must have been visiting the park for over 10 years.
Other birds were much the same:
House Martin: 4 over the lake and another 2 flew over my lodge.
Grey Wagtail: a pair with at least 2 young were roaming the various edges of the lake.
Reed Warbler: 3 males were singing; 1 in area 2 and singles in areas 32 and 34.
Blackcap: 12 males were singing around the park.
Chiffchaff: 5 males were heard, though they were not singing as frequently as in recent weeks.
Hopefully the female will be on eggs by now
I am hoping to find some funding for a couple of tern rafts next year.
The willow family are now branching, this means their maiden flights will take place in about a week.
It looks as if the female has been collecting food from an irresponsible member of the public.
Young Herons taking flying lessons from Heron Island, area 8 are bombarded by gulls from the colony below their nests.
In the not to distant future there should be ducklings from both these drakes on the lake.
The light for taking photos of this male and his partner is better first thing.
Birds in my garden taken in a coffee break