Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me



Saturday, 30 April 2011

Out with a bang

A cracking morning round the lake.

A long video; I got carried away, sorry.


The sun was shining, I was a bit later than usual, but the birds were out in force.
A Mallard was watching my every move while I sorted out the seed and feeders, and when I wandered down to the reeds, to look for some Reed Warblers, a pair of Mallards seemed to stalk me.

My first Garden Warbler for here, gave me the run around, but I finally caught up with him; 


(not brilliant, but hard work getting this) 


along with Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. A few Greenfinch and Goldfinch on the feeders, and then I headed off round the north lake.

I found the Coot family, and the Mallard with her chicks. She's lost 7; now down to 5, hopefully they'll survive, now they are getting a bit stronger. No sign of the Swans on the nest, but further round the lake, I found a pair of Canada Geese, with their babies.



House Sparrows darting through the reeds, a Sparrowhawk flying overhead, Common Terns swooping over the lake, and the Oystercatcher up by the pub.




Onto the south lake.


By now the boats were out in force, and just a couple of Swallows flying around. Hopefully the rest, and the Martins, will be back after the weekend. A lone Swift flew fairly high over the lake; my first this year.

When I reached the bushes where the Grasshopper Warbler was a couple of weeks ago, another sound had my ears pricking up. A Lesser Whitethroat. First this year, and a first for me here at the lake.

More of the usual warblers at the far end of the lake, and I spent some time admiring the wild flowers that are beginning to increase on a daily basis. Whilst I was down at flower level, my first dragonfly of the year flew up to the trees. Too quick for an ID, but exciting to see.

As I neared the car park, the Common Gull was swimming closer to the edge of the lake; 



probably hoping for some food from the people starting to walk round the lake now. And 3 Gadwall. Surprised to see them.

Back at the footbridge, a few more joggers were around now, and so a quick wander through the grass, before I left for home.


 Damsels and Dragons! 


The grass seemed to be full of damselflies. They were everywhere, as I slowly walked by the edge of the scrub and bushes. And another dragon, skimmed over the grass, into the trees.


An excellent end to April.








Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Lesser Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia curruca)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  44

Friday, 29 April 2011

Made the press

One of the pictures I sent the local rag, was published last night.




A short piece by one of their staff writers, plus a few comments I made. 
Not the front page, but page 19.


A dull, windy and rainy morning, but I managed a circuit of the lake.
A couple of Mallards with young, Oystercatcher, Coots with young, Common Terns, Swallows and Martins were all good to see.
A couple of Great Crested Grebes were having an argument over something, and plenty of warblers warbling from everywhere.

Short post again today.

 






Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34

 

Thursday, 28 April 2011

House Martins

It was good to see the place looking tidy, after all the mess of the last few days.

I'm guessing the Parks Trust had sent people round to clear the rubbish away. We've got a wedding going on tomorrow, and most of the population have got the day off; I just hope the sun doesn't bring the scum back out round the lake again.

The second biggest surprise, was seeing some House Martins, skimming over the south lake, with the Sand Martins and Swallows. Just need the Swifts now, for a full set.

Reed Warblers seemed to be in every clump of reeds, and there were plenty of Starlings, Blackbirds and Greenfinches about this morning.

Dull, and a bit windy, but seeing the return of the House Martins, made the weather seem unimportant.









Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  30

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Wednesday

Another day.

A quick walk round the lake this morning, and the biggest thing I noticed, was that someone has gone to the trouble of putting some of yesterdays rubbish into a few bags.


 It's good to know that some people care.


I've e-mailed the Parks Trust this morning, with some pictures, to make them aware, but heard nothing from the local press. I did get an email last night, but it was blank.
Maybe that was their statement.

I had a quick look at where the Blue Tit is nesting, but no sign, other than him calling from the tree, next to the lifebelt.
Plenty of Reed Warblers calling too.

At the north lake, I found one of the Oystercatchers, with some Canada and Greylag Geese, and the Common Gull continues to survive on the Cormorant island.

Work later

 






Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  30
 

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Rubbish

The low life scum were out in the sun yesterday, and left their rubbish behind.
It really saddens me that these people exist.




Do they really believe that this kind of thing is acceptable?

I e-mailed a couple of pictures to the local paper, but I doubt anything will come of it.


A much cooler, and cloudy day today, and a bit windy too. I just walked the south lake this morning.

At one of the lifebelt fixtures, I noticed a Blue Tit, flying inside. A strange place for a nest, so I'll keep an eye on this one.

A lot of Swallows and Sand Martins skimming over the water, and these kept me amused for ages. I never tire of watching their flying skills.

Not a day for amassing a great list of birds, and apart from the cretins who left their rubbish behind, an enjoyable time in the company of the expert flyers.
 






Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  29

Monday, 25 April 2011

Should be a good one

But it ain't.

Even today's picture is poor quality.




After the highs of the last few days, today should be good; but I just can't get into it.
I only walked the north lake, and my heart wasn't in that very much.


Another year older, but no wiser.








Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  28

Saturday, 23 April 2011

St. Georges's Day

The sun was shining, the birds were singing; what more could anyone want?

Birds? Yea, there were plenty.

The Warblers were out in force, Sedge, Reed, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow, and even a Whitethroat put in an appearance.




Blackbirds, Robins, Song Thrush; and even Tufted Duck are still around. A Buzzard overhead, pair of Common Sandpipers flying around, a Heron doing a balancing act on a fence, and a pair of Mallard on a house roof.




Ducklings and baby Coots, and amorous doves.


A wonderful day.

 




Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  45

 

Friday, 22 April 2011

Good Friday



It started good. A reasonable sunrise,



and the sight of the Brambling, but pretty soon the joggers arrived. A full marathon round and round the lake.

I found a rather strange flying thing too.



A smallish  black fly, with huge feelers. Does anyone know what it is?

I did manage to see a few birds before the sweaty hoards pounded the footpaths though.

The Oystercatcher is still around, and a quick glimpse of a Common Sandpiper, as I crossed under the road bridge. Warblers were everywhere,



and the Mallard still has her 12 chicks.



Another family group were out enjoying the sun too; Mr and Mrs Coot, and their little red faced chicks.

A late post, and time for a siesta I think.

 






Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Grasshopper Warbler

First mornings visit to the local, after a few days away at the lake district; and what a morning.

The seed feeders still had a little seed left in some of them, so I'm thinking the birds are now getting their natural food. The seed is just a little helper, if they want it.
I could hear the Brambling, quite early, but no sign of it today.

I found some Red Campion growing,



and it always seems to brighten a dull corner, when it grows amongst everything else.
I think grammie might like this one.

I made my way round the north lake first, and spent some time trying to get a picture of the Reed Warblers, that seemed to be calling from every clump of reeds now.


The best I could manage.


Up by the swans nest, I found a female Mallard taking her young ones for a morning swim, before settling down for a rest.




Twelve little ones, three of them yellow. They spent a little time having a preen, and shake, and then they all squeezed underneath mum, for a sleep.



I wonder how many will survive?


I finished the north lake, and began to make my way round the south.

Walking along the edge, and checking the reeds, I found quite a few Sedge Warblers singing away.
Suddenly a sound stopped me in my tracks. The sound of a fishing line being reeled in; except this was a bird. A Grasshopper Warbler!
I spent almost an hour, carefully searching the bush from where the sound was coming from. Eventually I caught sight of him, as he flew towards the reeds, to get a drink from the lake. Excellent. A first for me, here, at Caldecotte.

I carried on round the lake, and back towards the car park, seeing Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler along the way.

Back at the footbridge, a fruitless search for the Brambling, and then home.






Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Grasshopper Warbler [sp] (Locustella naevia)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  43

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Brambling still here

As soon as I got to the lake this morning, I found the Brambling. Great to still see them here.




After topping up the feeders, and leaving a new one, I made my way round the south lake first. I could hear, but couldn't see, the Sedge Warblers along the edge of the lake.
Greylag and Canada Geese were grazing alongside the footpath, and a Buzzard was calling overhead. The Common Terns were swooping down into the lake, catching breakfast, and Blackcaps seemed to be calling from every bush.



At the far end of the lake, I stood watching a Willow Warbler for a while, and then noticed some movement from the ground. A tiny mouse. He appeared from his home, watched me for a while, and then disappeared into the bushes.

The Common Gull is still on the island, and back at the footbridge, I spent some time watching the Bramblings.
 






Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)  
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)      
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos) 
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)          
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)          
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo) 
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)   
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)  
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)       
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)    
Common Gull (Larus canus canus) 
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus) 
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)           
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas) 
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)        
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)        
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)        
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)    
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)      
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)           
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)      
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)        
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)         
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)         
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)         
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)        
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)          
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)       
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)       
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)           
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)     
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)          
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)   
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)         
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)     

Total species  39

Friday, 15 April 2011

Oystercatchers and Warblers

What a great morning; a total of 40 different birds.


The warblers were out in force this morning, Sedge, Reed, and Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiffchaff. Five Common Terns over the south lake, and a few Sand Martins and Swallows.
I love this time of year!

Topped up the seed, and then headed off round the south lake first.
The Sand Martins and Swallows were a bit less than yesterdays numbers, but still exciting to watch them skim over the water. Five Common Terns now, and every few yards, seemed to have a warbler of one sort or another, calling out.
The tiny Wrens were in fine voice too, belting out their songs from the high perches.
I had a good look at the 'horror tree' at the far end of the lake, and noticed small webs here and there, probably containing the eggs of the caterpillar, that will eventually strip the leaves from the tree.


 I'll keep an eye on their progress.


As I made my way round the north lake, the pair of Oystercatchers were taking a break from the island, and loafing around at the edge of the lake.




A Little Egret flew overhead, and a Sparrowhawk glided low over the water, and disappeared into the bushes. Searching for breakfast, no doubt.


A strange sight to see, was a Mallard, sitting on the roof of one of the houses.



 Just didn't look right to me.


Back at the footbridge, I kept an eye out for any sign of the Brambling, but no luck today. Still, 40 birds is a good count for a few hours this morning.

This may be the last post for a few days; I've a few things to catch up on, and some visiting to do.






Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  40