Highlight was 5 Whooper swan again on the lake at dawn, and the increase in the number of thrushes and Goldcrests added interest. Low light was the weather, with rain for most of the visit, so I didn't get to do a full circuit/count of the site today.
An interesting day, with plenty of movement - Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Redwing. Highlights were 5 adult Whooper Swans on the lake at dawn and a most unexpected 10 Grey Partridge running away from me along the north belt track at west end of lake. Also good to see some Bearded Tits in the reedbed.
An uneventful count, though I was surprised to hear a Chiffchaff singing strongly!
2 Great Egrets still on the lake today. Duck numbers increasing and a smattering of waders evidence of the autumn migration. 3 Hobbies hunting dragonflies over the lake will probably be my last sighting of these agile predators this year.
Highlights today were the still lingering Osprey, Great Egret, 4 Hobby and my personal favourite- a Whinchat.
Results of our twice weekly bird census submitted by Bruce Martin and Graeme Reed