A couple of visits over the last couple of days has brought me a few firsts for the year; two drake Red Crested Pochards stayed for the day on Saturday, accompanied by an Otter in the evening, yesterday a lone Swallow flew low over the water.
Today 2 Chiff Chaff sang from the North Wood, along with a pair of drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, on the pond there were 11 Mallard, 6 Canada Geese (one on nest), 6 Pochard, a pair of Teal, 19 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Moorhen, a pair of Mute Swan (one on nest), 15 Herring Gull, and 2 Lesser Black Backed Back Gull.
8 Curlew flew in from the North as two Swallows hawked over the pond. A Kestrel hunted to the East, and a Common Buzzard was mobbed by Carrion Crows over the Obelisk.
Reed Bunting, Great Tit, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Dunnock, and a female Great Spotted Woodpecker were present in the feeding station.
Heading down the Dene, I was pleased to find the Dippers doing well.