I was going over to Barnes but I was far too early so I headed off for Bushy first. I went to the normal large car park thinking that at 8.15 a.m. it would be virtually empty... WRONG!! There was an event on and the car park was jammed and the drivers were......best left unsaid!!
I went around to another car park and consequently walked in a different area.
The skylarks were singing their wonderful song. I finally tracked them down to find two of them on the ground.. the light was good but they were a long way away. At one time three of them were chasing around the grassy hummocks.
I walked further along hearing a Mistle Thrush singing its heart out. I couldn't see it despite standing watching for some time. After a while it flew... lovely song though.
And then, the twittering began! I walked for a bit and discovered a flock of several Siskins. They were well hidden until they decided to try some different trees. I was so pleased they did as it was then possible to get some pictures.
I then noticed another bird (in fact there were three of them) and I'm pretty sure this is a Meadow Pipit. But... if anyone knows differently??
I was... a young Red Deer Stag was crossing the stream and keeping his beady eye on me!
I then headed off for Barnes. The sun by now was getting beautifully warm and there was no wind whatsoever.
As I approached the visitor centre, the building (albeit a bit chaotic as the cafe is being extended) was reflected in the very still water.
I wandered along and saw this, what I believe to be, Queen Bee. It looks as though she has some eggs??? on her back.
As I walked around the lagoon to the Wader Scrape Hide, what did I see.... woo hoo, a Chiff Chaff. Someone advised that there were two of them so we stood and waited. Along came the 2nd one! No chiff-chaffing heard but lovely to have seen my first ones of the Spring!
Late on a Dunnock posed.
And around on the Wildside, a couple of Greylag Geese knew it was Spring and what was required of them.
Not a bad day for birds at all and the sun was GLORIOUS and it was so warm I had to carry my jacket.... Oh I love Spring weather like this.