On the return leg, we came across a patch of Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina, in flower at the base of a pine tree. This plant is also known as Townhall Clock from its interesting flower structure. By a hedge, along the footpath across the parkland, we found a couple of Bloody-nosed Beetles.
There was a single Black Swan among many Mute Swans. There were Shelducks, Barnacle Geese and diving ducks Tufted, Pochard and a few Goldeneye. A single “redhead” Merganser was a more unusual find for the lake. We saw several pairs of Great Crested Grebes although not the hoped for full mating displays. A migrating Osprey over the lake was also very possible at this time. In fact one was seen here just a couple of days later. So ended a this very enjoyable meeting.