A couple of Wednesdays ago, I met up with Trevor, of Three Counties Herald. It promised to be a sunny day; but was still dark when we set off to our destination; Summer Leys, in Northamptonshire.
As we got to the car park, and grabbed our cameras, it was slowly getting light; and the sky was clear. Perfect.
We sat in the first hide, as it gradually got lighter, and watched a large flock of Lapwing flying around. They’d briefly settle, then take to the air again.
A Redshank wandered along the edge of the small island, a few Black-headed Gulls flew around, and plenty of Tufted Duck were out on the water. Amongst them, a couple of Goldeneye, and on the far bank, Trevor picked out a Little Egret, picking his way through the reeds.
We moved on to the next hide, but not much to see on the water from there, so we walked round to the far side, and the next hide. A Pied Wagtail was making his way along the waters edge, but very little else about.
At the side of the hide, someone has hung some fat balls and seed feeders in the trees, and these were attracting groups of Reed Buntings, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Chaffinch.
Further along the lake, a group of Teal were feeding close to the edge; and a few were jumping into the air, and then settling again.
Maybe some sort of courtship; not sure.
The next hide along, has a few bird feeders, and is also famous for its population of Tree Sparrows.
We weren’t disappointed. Plenty of Tree Sparrows, Greenfinch,
Robins, a few Mallards taking advantage of the spilt seed; and a brown rat too.
We walked around the rest of the lake, and it was such a change to see some sun. A circuit done, and we settled back in the first hide, for another look, at what was about.
A Wren made a brief appearance, in a shaft of sunlight,
and some Wigeon were swimming about in the sunlight.
I even managed some video of a couple of male Goldeneye, throwing their heads back, as they displayed to some females.
A great morning, in great company.