I'll do this post for WBW too. A bit early, but a few things going on in my life at the moment, that I'd rather not be happening.
After topping up the seed at Caldecotte Lake this morning, I had a wander around one of our other lakes. It's the largest of the 11 balancing lakes in Milton Keynes. It does have a great selection of birds through the year; but it's also popular with the public.
It's split into two halves; north and south; one half, the south lake, is very busy, especially at weekends; the other, north lake, has a bird hide overlooking an island, a little quieter. Both halves can have a surprising number of birds.
The south lake has a bar/restaurant, a fitness centre, fishing,
water sports, rope climbing, crazy golf, boating,
a fun-fair at certain times of the year;
and still the birds come.
On the north lake, is the famous Peace Pagoda;
(an old picture.)
and a bird hide.
The bird hide overlooks an island, that is home to a few goats. These make an excellent job of keeping some of the vegetation down.
After climbing the million steps from the car park, and watching the gulls settle on the grass by the Peace Pagoda for an early breakfast, I made my way towards the bird hide. It was a dull and cloudy morning; but dry.
Lots of Lapwing up in the air, Cormorants on the spit of land in front of the island, and plenty of Coots, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon and Gadwall on the water.
I wandered past the bird hide, and made my way towards the south lake.
Mute Swans, more gulls, and in the distance, some Goldeneye. A few males were showing off, (throwing their heads back), to the seemingly disinterested females out on the water.
The bar/ restaurant, was in the process of a facelift. Sadly this involved the destruction of the old nests of the House Martins that come here every year to raise their families, and then depart to Africa for the winter. Hard enough with a journey like that, but imagine finding your old home demolished when you come back.
A group of Lapwing were making use of the launch pads of the boats,
along with some Greylag and Canada Geese.
After watching the hopeful Goldeneye, and a few geese flying around, I made my way back towards the bird hide on the north lake.
A large flock of Lapwing were still airborne, flying over the island on the north lake.
It seemed such a lot of energy expended to me; but there must be a reason for it.
Across on the far shore, I noticed what appeared to be some Shoveler. I had to get closer, and hopefully some pictures.
After a long walk round, I managed to get a little closer, before they decided to leave.
Back to the hide; and a sit down, I watched the group of Lapwings still flying, a Little Egret over by the island, and a group of Grey Herons, already building nests.
An enjoyable morning, and as I made my way back towards the car park, the sun began to come out. Typical!!
A longer video than I'd usually do; but it's a big lake!
A full list of the birds seen this morning.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 36 plus Calling Duck