Friday 13th April 2018 - 09:30 to 11:30The birds and plants think that spring is coming. But the weather was still grey and chilly. The Weeping Willows are bright in their yellow-green new leaves. The Pussy Willow buds are full and fluffy. The Horse Chestnut sticky buds have burst. For a while we could only see one Great Crested Grebe. Then we found the other one sitting on their nest under the branches hanging off the big island. We are hoping for a new brood soon. There were single Coots and Moorhens too. Maybe their partners are sitting on eggs somewhere. A Canada Goose is sitting on a nest on the small island. Some Herring Gulls flew over the park but there were no gulls at all on the lake. The family of 11 Egyptian Geese goslings are still thriving. They are moulting into their proper plumage and they are nearly as big as their parents. Further on in Grattons Park there are lovely carpets of Wood Anemonies. There were: a Sparrowhawk; a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and a Tree Creeper there too.A full list of the birds seen is given in the Bird Table.