Thursday 11 August 2016

Morning at the Cotswold Water Park

Today started with a Badger crossing the road in front of me as I entered the water park a good start.

Small birds were hard to find today so we put all our efforts into scanning the lakes to look for water birds.

On the largest lake several groups of Great crested Grebes were seen and when counted up we managed a total of 35 birds, there was also a large group of Mute swans totalling 29 birds.

Moving on down the lake several Little Egrets flow over along with a couple of Grey Herons with about 20 Mallard on the water.

A small group of Red crested Pochard passed by along with several Tufted ducks.

On the path back two Jays flew along calling as they went giving away their location.

Several groups of both Sand and House Martins flew over the lake along with a few Swallows and just a single Swift.

On our route back to the car park our star bird turned up gliding slowly over the lake it was a fine Osprey.

Not everyday you see them in the water park just goes to show that anything can turn up if you are out there looking.

An enjoyable couple of hours spent in the morning sunshine. DT

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