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



Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sunday

The morning started dull and cloudy.

The promise of sun didn't happen until I was about to leave the lake this morning. Oh well, never mind. Still have a lot to do on the computer, so just a very quick post today.

A stunning Bullfinch was one of the first birds I saw, as I got out of the car. More finches were on the feeders, along with Blue and Great Tits, and on the footbridge, it was good to see a few House Sparrows.

After walking the north lake, I searched the south lake for butterflies. There's an area of long grass and wild flowers that is usually a haven for them. I wasn't disappointed.
Marbled White,




Ringlet and Meadow Brown, were the most numerous; and lots of caterpillars of The Cinnabar moth, feasting on Ragwort.




There didn't seem the numbers of past years though. I think butterflies have had a tough time everywhere this year.







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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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 Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Wet Saturday

 A wet start to the weekend, after a week of pretty good weather.

Plenty of birds around the feeders, and lots of young ones too. No sign of the young Common Tern though. Maybe he has moved on now.

Plenty of Pied Wagtails up by the pub, along with the Oystercatcher, and masses of purple flowers in the grass,



 Self-heal.


Cygnets galore, families of Coots and Mallards, and Sand Martins skimming over the water. Quite a busy morning.

I'm busy later; a new hard drive for the computer, so I'll be offline for a bit, whilst I sort the computer out again.

 






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)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38
 


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Little Owl

Another quick visit today; lots to do.

Just the north lake this morning, but a great variety of birds seen. I counted 22 different species, just on the short walk from the footbridge to the road bridge.

Every time I walk the north lake, when I get to the bottom end close to the weir, I always look along the tops of the streetlights.
A year ago, 9 days earlier, I saw my first Little Owl here; and I always look, just in case...........
Well, this morning, I saw him again.




A lovely little bird, and often seen during the daylight hours.

Further along I came across a tiny Chaffinch. He'd fallen from a nest, and was helplessly calling from the ground. The male was in the tree above, calling back. Such a shame to see, but nothing I could do. Just have to let nature take its course.

By the pub, the Oystercatcher and the Lesser Black-backed Gull, along with hordes of geese; and back at the footbridge, about a dozen Chaffinch, eating the seed.

 






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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Little Owl [sp] (Athene noctua)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34

Monday, 20 June 2011

Monday

A quick visit this morning, work beckons later.

A lovely sunny start, and the Song Thrush was telling everyone how good the morning was.




A light mist was over both north and south lake, but quickly cleared.




I concentrated on the north lake, and along with the usuals, the Oystercatcher flew overhead, with a tasty morsel for his young one on the island,




and a Kingfisher flashed past, shining in the sunlight.


Plenty of geese, and a few Great Crested Grebes out on the lake.
Whitethroat calling from the trees, Common Tern still on the boat, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull foraging outside the pub.





And then it's off to work.

 






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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  28

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Sunday, 19th June


A sunny start to the day, and the birds were in fine voice.

A Song Thrush was singing from his usual vantage point by the feeders, and dueting with a nearby Blackbird. A Blackcap joined in, and a distant Garden Warbler seemed as though he was the chorus. A symphony of sound this morning.

Around the lake, there were plenty of Canada and Greylag Geese, along with their respective youngsters.
An adult Crow was being harassed by a couple of his offspring, begging for food, but for the most part he ignored their cries. The Grebe families were out in force, and on the old boat, that the Common Terns have made their own, the single chick seems to be doing well.
Along by the weir, it was good to see a Kingfisher flash past. Seems he's back to his favourite spot.

I took both cameras out today, the usual set up of zoom lens on one, and macro on the other. Today's efforts are all with the macro.

The grass verge along part of the north lake, is a good place to find Marbled White butterflies, and I wasn't disappointed.



 Along this stretch, Swallows were skimming the tops of the grass, looking for insects; and I found some Small Skipper,



 and Meadow Brown.




Further round by the pub, there were even more geese, a Heron doing his best statue impression, and about a dozen Pied Wagtails; mostly juveniles. It's been a good year for them.

Onto the south lake, and more Swifts, Swallows and Sand Martins skimming the water, and the grass bank.
Reed Buntings in the reeds, along with Reed Warblers, and Sedge Warblers. From the bushes Chiffchaff and Whitethroat, and the occasional Willow Warbler; but he remained out of sight. Not so the Blackcaps and Garden Warblers. They were very showy.

Up by the trees, that were recently covered in caterpillars, there are now masses of moths.



 Bird Cherry Ermine Moth. Hundreds in the trees, being snapped up by various birds, and as many covering the ground below.

Back by the car park, a walk through the long grass, in search of Damselflies.



 Common Blue


A fantastic morning.

As I left, I stopped off at one of the roundabouts on the way home. Something the local council have been doing for the last few years is plant up some verges and roundabouts with a selection of cultivated and wild flowers. They look stunning.






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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)
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)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
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)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Redshank, feeding grebes, and moths.

The morning started sunny, and felt promising.

As I finished topping up the feeders, Scott turned up for a quick chat, before he decided where he was heading for the day.
"Rain later", he advised. He wasn't wrong.

A Blackbird was singing in the morning, bathed in sunlight, just by the car park, and as I made my way round the north lake, Blackcaps and Garden Warblers were competing to see who could sing the loudest. I think the winner was a Dunnock though; tucked in a bush, and singing for all he was worth.

Further round the lake I came across the Great Crested Grebe family, and watched as one of the adults brought a fish for the youngsters.


 Quite a struggle as they tried to eat the fish, which seemed almost as big as they were. 
  

 Eventually dad took control, and ate it himself.


Plenty of goslings all around the lake, and up by the boat, which the Common Terns have made home, there stood a brown bird amongst them.


 A Redshank. A first for me, here.

I managed a few pictures, before he finally took off; only staying about 10 minutes.

Along the edge of the lake, Swifts and Swallows were circling around, so a few attempts at pictures.




On round towards the pub, and the once blue skies were getting grey, and spots of rain were falling. A Heron stood hunched up in the reeds, and the geese all seemed to take to the water. Starlings feeding in front of the pub, a few Pied Wagtails, and more Swifts and Swallows swooping low over the grass; and the Lesser Black-backed Gull, running around, like a Keystone Cop.

The rain was getting heavier by now, but I decided to carry on round the south lake. Once you're wet, you're wet; so no point worrying about it.

No butterflies along the grassy verge today. I'd set out with the other camera this morning, with the macro lens on, hoping for some pictures, but I had to make do with some grasses instead.

At the far end of the lake, where the caterpillars had spun their silky magic over some of the trees, I finally found some of the moths.



 Bird Cherry Ermine Moth.


Small white moths, with black spots. There was just a small group left, on one of the trees, so I managed some pictures, before they all disappear into the world.

More Swifts and Swallows skimming the water by the rowing club, and these were joined by Sand Martins, and House Martins. Fantastic to just watch, as they swoop low over the water, soar upwards, and pass within inches of my head. Superb flying skills.
And out on the water, the Common Gull.




Another crust of bread for him, and as I threw it out towards him, he lifted up, flapping his wings, and for a few brief seconds, was airborne! I managed to capture a brief bit on the video.

Wouldn't it be amazing if he could eventually fly?






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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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)
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)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39
 

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Then there were two

Two Common Tern chicks today.


The female Mallards were at the car park again this morning; I think they know when I'm coming. Fed them, and then walked round by the pub, on the north lake. I wanted to see if the Oystercatcher was around, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull.

On the way, there were quite a few Garden Warblers and Blackcaps calling from the bushes,



(Female Blackcap........she has a brown cap.)


along with a very vocal Blackbird, singing his morning song for all he was worth. Early mornings; definitely the best time of the day.

The Oystercatcher and the Lesser Black-backed Gull are both early arrivals to the grass at the front of the pub, and both were there on cue.



(Lesser Black-backed Gull)


A few pictures, and then I made my way through the numerous geese and goslings, to look in on the Common Terns.



(Greylag Goose and goslings)


Two young chicks were visible this morning. They were up and about, and stretching their wings.




There were plenty of Swifts screaming overhead, a couple of Sand Martins with them, and Swallows swooping low over the grass bank, and water.
I spent a while trying to get some pictures, but my goodness, they're fast, and practically impossible to second guess the route they will take, as they bank and turn.
A lot of fun trying though; and that's what it is about........fun.


Walking back past the pub, a couple of Grey Wagtails joined the half dozen or more Pied Wagtails and Starlings, that were mixing with all the geese.

I had a quick look over at Cormorant island, and found the Common Gull taking a swim, heading my way. I had a crust of bread in my pocket, and quickly tempted him nearer; and managed a few pictures.




He's certainly looking healthy, despite his busted wing. A couple of times I've seen him on the island flapping both wings, and running forward. Never got airborne yet, but who knows. One day?


Another excellent morning.
 






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 Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  34

Friday, 10 June 2011

Common Tern chicks

More juveniles this morning; this time the turn of the Common Terns.

The 5 female Mallards greeted me this morning, at the car park, and were patiently waiting for some food. A couple of Crows, Magpies and Blackbirds, soon joined them; and up above the Swifts were getting their own food, as they screamed overhead, catching the flying insects.

At the footbridge were Great and Blue Tits, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, and a female Bullfinch collecting nesting material.

I walked round the north lake, by the pub, and got a few pictures of some obliging Pied Wagtails.




Plenty of Starlings too, probing the grass, in search of worms; and goslings from the families of geese seemed to be everywhere.




I got round to where the Common Terns are nesting, on one of the old boats left out in the lake, and finally found a young one.



 A poor picture, but it's the spotty blob in front of the adult.


There were plenty of grebes out on the water, with their young; Coots, Swans and Moorhens, and more Swifts flying overhead.

Another enjoyable morning.






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)
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)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37
 

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Baby Oystercatcher

A quick walk round the north lake, and a peep at the Cormorant island.

Cormorant island had a Cormorant up in the trees, the Common Gull resting, and a very vocal Oystercatcher. And a young one too. No wonder he was vocal; showing off his baby!



 A lousy picture, I know.


There are plenty of other babies around too. It seems to have been a good breeding year so far, with lots of young Blue Tits, Great Tits, Finches, and of course, Mallards.




On the grass, along the front of the pub, there were lots of young goslings and cygnets, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull, seems quite content to mingle with them all.



Enjoy the rest of your 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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  29

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Tuesday

A sunny start to the day, and some lovely sights.

No sooner had I topped up the feeders, a new visitor arrived to feed on the peanuts.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker. That explains why they've been disappearing so quickly recently.

I just walked the north lake this morning; I had to be back home for a parcel delivery.
The sun was making some great light, and I spent a while just experimenting with some exposures.

All the regular birds were about, and plenty of juveniles too.
I watched a Great Crested Grebe swim by with a youngster on her back.




The first young ones I've seen this year. It slid off her back, and a couple more little heads appeared; along with the dad, and a fish.




Junior struggled with the fish for a while, but couldn't quite manage such a big breakfast..........dad ate it in the end.
A great encounter.

Further round the north lake, by the weir, I found my first Kingfisher since the winter. I was beginning to wonder if any had survived the cold winter.

A brief skirmish between a female Mallard and a Coot next.




The Mallards chicks were constantly calling to the mother, and a family of Coots got just a little too close. Authorities established, and they all went back to their usual business of swimming and feeding.




A brief, but interesting visit.












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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  34