At the hide in the woods, a very cheeky squirrel was raiding the bird table. We watched him for a while, then he suddenly leapt from the table to a hanging bird feeder about 6+ feet away. He crashed into the feeder and bounced off, landing in a heap on the floor under the feeder. It was hard to see him because of the bushes in the way, but he seemed to be lying very still. Bug Mad Girl was almost ready to mount a rescue mission, when we realized he was just eating the seed from the floor where he'd landed! He picked himself up again, climbed up onto the bird table again and had another go. This time he made a better leap, managed to hang on tight to the feeder and got his reward. We watched him make this massive leap 4 or 5 times and he only missed that one time.
We saw all sorts of birds on the feeders (dodging the flying squirrel), including blue tits, great tits, coal tits, long-tail tits, chaffinches, greenfinches, dunnocks, robins and blackbirds. We also spotted a goldfinch in the bushes.
|Great tit and greenfinch|
We headed down to the hides around the lake to see what else we could find. There were lots of tufted ducks, wigeons and swans. We also saw a cormorant that flew around for a while before landing on the water and several Canada geese. One of the islands in the middle of the lake was covered in lapwings.