Yet again another blustery day but this time with a few showers thrown in.
Migrant wise not much to report;
Swift: a couple over the lake at 9.00am were the first of year. Later in the day at least 8 birds were over the lake.
Swallow: a handful of birds over the lake from 9.00am onwards.
House Martin: 7 birds over the lake pm.
Great crested Grebe: the pair nesting at the eastern end of the Bandstand Island, area 7 eggs have now hatched. A newly arrived pair nervously displayed at the western end of area 7.
Scaup: still present.
Grey Wagtail: the pair again collecting food for their brood.
Sedge & Reed Warbler: birds can be heard singing from several of the parks reed beds.
Blackcap: 10 males were singing early morning.
Chiffchaff: 4 males were singing.
The oldest of this years youngsters are now strong fliers while the bird below looked as if this was his maiden flight. It found it difficult to get back to the island due to the blustery conditions.
This adult was confusing the 3 youngsters the Cherry tree as they thought he was a parent bringing food. He would land close by before dropping down on to the lower nest in an attempt to steal nesting material. However there was a bird already on the nest that kept ushering him away.
You can see why this is a member of the stiff-tail family.