14.5°C > 15.0°C: low overcast, broke for a while c.7:30am but returned. Light NNW wind. Moderate visibility.
Highlights this morning were:
- Black Tern hawking over the lake from before 6:00am until 6:40am when it disappeared. My first this year. Sadly left before light-enough to even try for a record shot.
- a Willow Warbler briefly singing and then seen alongside the school construction work in Teece Drive. My latest-ever record at the lake.
Migrants noted were
- a single Barn Swallow very high up heading S – only found because it flew through my bins while I was checking passing large Gulls.
- 3 House Martins also high overhead and located only after they called.
- party of 8 Meadow Pipits fling SE.
(97th visit of the year)
Geese again on flight lines in far distance and also while I was trying to ID the tern in the pre-dawn poor light, so likely to be under-recorded.
4 Mallard only.
8 Tufted Duck seen in flight circling low to the N but seemed not to be leaving and certainly did not arrive.
Unusually c.180 Black-headed Gulls arrived low and fast from the S (rather than from Ricoh)
Many large gulls with them and more before and after: hard to count as birds circled, arrived, left, returned or flew directly over.
1 Reed Warbler heard – different location to recent sightings.
Minimal corvid passage again: but 4 more Jackdaws much later flying E.
2 large Noctule-type bats
1 wasp sp. the only insect on the lamps
2 + 3 Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
4 Greylag Geese (all outbound)
53 Canada Geese (all outbound)
11 (?) Mallard
8 (?) Tufted Duck over
4 + 6 (4 broods) Moorhen
c.200 Black-headed Gulls
c.160 large gulls (c.50 of these over): 2 of these at least Herring Gulls
1 (0) Reed Warblers
1 (0) Blackcaps
10 (3) Chiffchaffs
1 (1) Willow Warbler
Corvid roost dispersal: just 2 Jackdaws and 9 Rooks logged
Always shy: a Jay lurking in the tree-tops.