The visit started well when 2 Common Buzzards were spotted feeding on the fields by the main entrance. Feeding alongside these were 18 Black-headed Gulls, which had increased to 29 by the end of the walk. Interestingly, most of the gulls were last year's juvenile birds, with just a few adult birds present. Perhaps the other adults have already set off back to their breeding grounds? A Lesser Black-backed Gull was also spotted flying east over the middle reservoir, which is the first record this year.
Waterfowl were well represented again today with good counts of the commoner species i.e. Mallard (46), Tufted Duck (29), Moorhen (11), Coot (15), Cormorant (1), Goosander (5 females), Great-crested Grebe (2 in full summer plumage) and Mandarin (16).
The woodland birds were in good voice with Goldcrest, Great Tit, Dunnock, Wren, Chaffinch, Nuthatch and Song Thrush all singing. Siskin were heard in the Larch woods north of the middle reservoir, where a Sparrowhawk was also seen soaring over the woods.
Finally another sign of spring included the first leaves of Wild Garlic or Ramsons pushing their way through the soil.