Thursday 7th March 2019 - 11:30 to 13:00The last few days have been very stormy and wet. The first time we set off we were driven back indoors by a heavy shower. So it was later than intended; but in sunshine and blustery winds that we went around the park. The water level in the lake is high.A Grey Heron was sitting unexpectedly in the top of a tree on the main island. The two Great Crested Grebes were together in the tangle of the overhanging branches and seemed to be bringing weed to a nest site. Only one of the Egyptian Geese was out and about. Maybe the other one is on a nest somewhere.Two Nuthatches were working their way up and down trees in the garden area and later by the lake.The Mallards are paired up and being territorial. The Moorhens and the Coots are in pairs and are very active.Two Long-tailed Tits were in a bush by the path. We realised that they are building a nest. Their nests are amazing. They make spheres of lichen and feathers stitched together with spiders webs. They are elastic and stretch to accommodate the family as they grow. It is in a vulnerable place. We hope that they succeed.A full list of the birds seen is given in the Bird Table.