A favourite of mine, the local birders, and the birds.
Amongst some of the birds seen, were Little Egret, plenty of Canada Geese flying in from the surrounding fields, and a juvenile Black Tern skimming over the water.
No pictures taken from here this trip worth showing, apart from this one,
but some video to give a flavour of the place titled part two.
The final destination was College Lakes.
We'll imaginatively call this, Part Three
Picture shortage again, so hopefully video will capture the feel.
It may be the 'flagship' reserve of the local Wildlife Trust, but I think too much money, (my money, because I'm a paying member), has been spent on a fancy visitor centre, and a luxury hide.
The visit kicked off to a good start with a Hobby circling the lake, and then making a half hearted attempt to chase down some circling Swallows. What a turn of speed he had! No video, I was too enthralled watching.
He quickly gave up though, and continued riding the air, scanning the area below.
A Buzzard sat atop a tree, until he was dislodged by a couple of Crows, and that was probably the real highlights.
The view from the 'wonderful' hide produced a Moorhen, and a couple of Mallards.
My own view, and just a personal view, is all the renovation and tarting up of the place has had a detrimental effect on some of the bird life. The place has become a sterile playground.
I walked round half of the reserve, and then gave up in disappointment, and turned back to the car park.
(My visit produced 22 different birds; the birds outnumbered by the large amount of young screaming kids and mothers enjoying the sunshine.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind kids; but not when I'm trying to watch some birds and wildlife. Take 'em to the bloody park; not a nature reserve.)
Maybe I've turned into a grumpy old git.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.