Quiet evening at Coate

This evening I took the dog for a walk around Coate Water. There were very few birds on the water apart from a few Mallard, Coot and Feral Pigeons around the diving board. A couple of Grey Wagtails were flitting around near the boathouse and several Robins and Blackbirds were seen and heard. Seemingly out of nowhere a load of hirundines appeared over the lake, mainly House Martins along with a few Swallows and a couple of Sand Martins. A few Tufted Ducks and Coot were at the end of the lake.Plenty of corvids were going to roost as were a few Herons. Heading towards the far hide a few more House Martins headed over. There were a few more ducks on the second lake including a few Gadwall. Heading back along the main lake to the car I realised that I hadn’t seen a single gull. Pretty unusual for Coate.

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