My first day for a while, where I've had a full free day - which is nice in some ways but...
I went to Painshill as I needed some exercise and it's big enough for a goodish walk. Also a steep hill in the wooded area which got the blood pumping round the system.
In terms of birds, there wasn't much about. A Nuthatch and Green Woodpecker kept taunting me with their calls, and a wren was "tick ticking" in the shrubbery. None of them deigned to grace me with their presence!
Most of the flying activity was by the "wee folk". The colour yellow seems to be the attractant for some of the wee beasties!
This, I think (because it's only got one spot) is a Meadow Brown
On the lake, "boatmen" abounded - I've never seen so many in one place at the same time. Here are a "couple" ;)
Black-tailed Skimmers were everywhere...
and a fair smattering of Red-eyed Damselflies..
Banded Demoiselles were still evident and, if you look below the "arc", there seems to be a dragonfly flying through!
and this beauty was the only one of its kind that I saw. I think it's a small blue (although an Adonis Blue would be lovely - but unlikely).
And these are the only two views I had of it before it flew off again..
EDIT: I now believe this to be a Common Blue
Thanks to Steve, Pete, and Keith for their input and help
A Black-headed Gull flew passed and initially dropped this fish in the lake. It then flew back again and collected it!
As I watched I became aware of a Great Crested Grebe. An inital glance and I got excited thinking it was a youngster (although no sign of surviving eggs had been seen recently). But, on reflection, it was rather large so I've decided it's an adult going into winter plumage.
EDIT: And I'm still undecided as to whether its a Juvenile or an adult losing its summer plumage
Another "conductor" - this time a Greylag Goose. The Canada Geese (there were about 50 of them!) were totally disinterested!
Two Egyptian Geese "crash landed" on the lake nearby
These two young mallards ducklings are the offspring of..
a rather pretty Mum.
Three (of the seven cygnets) had been dozing but decided to wake up
A bit of preening and it's always good when one of your siblings gives a helping hand.
So off to the supermarket for some vital supplies and off home!
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