A good day in the park with two goodies.
Meadow Pipit: one flew north.
Whinchat: a male was briefly in the old golf and tennis school enclosure (area 39) this morning.
Sedge Warbler: yesterdays bird was still present in area 41.
Willow Warbler: 9 birds present.
Firecrest: I was lucky to bump into a singing male near the ticket office to the Open Air Theatre, area 19.
The new pair in area 32.
There were strange going on’s in the nest with one chick this morning. It looked as if a male was trying to take over the nest, with the youngster trying to defend himself while what might have been his dad looked on. The dad would occasionally make half-hearted attempts to defend the chick, who can barely stand. When I looked an hour later the chick had been pushed to an area just outside the nest.
This has got to be the most attractive Heron I have ever seen.
Below are some ducks on colourful stretches of the lake.