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



Friday, 31 August 2012

House Martins, Swallows and Herons



And sunshine too.


The Little Egret were on Cormorant island, the juvenile Bullfinch on the footbridge,




and the Mallard family down by the feeders. The start of a good day.



Making my way under the road bridge, the sun was shining off the pub like a gold searchlight. A couple of Grey Herons on the far side, and lots of Mute Swans swimming in the sunlight.


Further round on the footpath, a couple of Blackbirds were feasting on the red berries of a Rowan tree. The Heron was under his footbridge further along, but too quick in his escape to capture on video.


Making my way up towards the dam, I caught a glimpse of a Hobby, as he slowly glided overhead. The air was still pretty cool, despite the sun, and the row of trees in the field by the river, seemed more golden than usual.


Flying over the footpath, and dropping down to the lake, a pair of Swallows.
I decided to walk around the arm of the lake here, to get the sun behind me, making it easier for pictures. As I reached the other side, there were by now at least half a dozen flying around, and skimming over the water. Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, a large number of House Martins appeared above the trees; and soon joined the Swallows skimming over the water, and the edge of the lake.
I watched them for ages; including a Little Egret that flew high overhead, and a couple of Herons chasing each other.


Finally I started to walk round by the pub, and towards the south lake.
Another Heron stood on the boat jetty, with a couple of Cormorants a group of Black-headed Gulls, and a Pied Wagtail.




Six more Pied Wagtails were running about on the grass, chasing insects. Another bird that seems to have had a good breeding season.
And by the lake edge, a couple of Grey Wagtails were busily chasing each other.




It was warming up by now, as I reached the far end of the lake.
A couple of Blackcaps in the brambles by the footbridge that crosses the river, but very little else around.


Towards the rowing club, a couple more Herons, and then as I got to the first block of town houses, a lot of House Martins flying overhead. Usually a good place to see them catching insects, and this morning was no exception.


On the water I could only see three of the four cygnets from Cormorant island.
One of the adults was close by, but no sign of the other adult or other cygnet.
I began to think the worst, as I scanned the water with my binoculars, until, over on the island, on what looked like an old Coots nest, the fourth cygnet was asleep.




Panic over, I carried on towards the car park.



A quick look in the long grass, and I found a Red Admiral, basking in the sunlight.





An excellent morning.










Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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 Hobby [sp] (Falco subbuteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35



Thursday, 30 August 2012

House Martins



A very brief visit just round the north lake today.

As I got out the car, three Little Egrets left the roost over on Cormorant island, all heading north.
As I topped up the feeders, Mrs Mallard arrived with her youngsters, waiting for her share. They are certainly growing fast now; almost as big as her.

The sun caught the pub in its golden glory, and a rainbow glowed in the dark clouds.
A rain shower was on its way. Thankfully it didn't last long.

A couple of juvenile Reed Warblers were playing chase amongst the reeds, and Blue Tits were calling from the trees. More juveniles. It seems a lot of birds have had a good breeding season here, despite the poor weather.

Up at the top end of the lake, there were a lot of House Martins soaring over the tree tops, feasting on the flying insects; and the row of trees in the field by the river, are already taking on their golden leaves for the autumn.

The gully was empty. No Great Crested Grebe today. Apparently he left a couple of days ago; he must have cleared all the fish.
Over on the far side, a Grey Heron stood motionless, waiting for his catch of the day.




Up towards the pub, and a Pied Wagtail sat briefly on the roof of the boat club.





A very quick visit today; lots to do.










Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  29


Monday, 27 August 2012

It's a Bank Holiday



That means crowds; so a short visit today.


Quite a few fishermen about today; some of a dubious nature too. The ones that don't pay for a ticket/licence, and don't put the fish back afterwards.

A Wren was hopping along a garden fence in the early sunlight, and posed briefly for a few pictures.





Up by the dam, a Kingfisher flew across the lake, and overhead a couple of Lapwing were flying northwards. I imagine going towards Willen Lake.


I watched a couple of Grey Herons having a dispute over fishing areas. One was determined to chase the other as far away as possible. He succeeded eventually, and settled down on his perch by the weir.





Down in the gully, the Great Crested Grebe was still swimming around.






There would appear to be plenty of smallish fish in there; they get in and out through the sluice gate, so he seems quite happy with a 'captive' food supply at the moment.
It also means it's easier for me to get some close up shots of him.
We have developed a system.
He surfaces, I take some pictures; he dives.
I walk along to the other end of the gully, and wait.
He surfaces, I take my pictures, (I have to be quick), and then he dives again.
I walk to the other end, and we do it all over again.
It works well, it's just a shame the sun is in the wrong place.


As I passed the pub, that would be packed with people later, I noticed the glasses left lying around. A shame people can't take them back, or at least leave them on one of the tables. Some were even left by the children's play area. No excuse for that.



Enjoy your holiday 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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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 Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  29


Sunday, 26 August 2012

Little Egrets and Grey Herons




A dull cloudy start to the morning.


Three Little Egrets over on the island this morning, and the juvenile Bullfinch on the footbridge. Seemed like a replay of yesterday.

The sound of geese filled the air, as a huge flock, or gaggle, flew overhead.
A wonderful sight and sound to start the day.

Further round the north lake, under the footbridge, stood the Heron.
As always, once I got nearer, he noisily flew off to the safety of the island, squawking all the way.


On my way towards the weir, I stopped dead in my tracks.
Ahead, a few feet away, peering at me from behind a row of shrubs was a fox. A stunning looking animal, looking in perfect health; a rich brick red coat.
We stared at each other for what seemed like ages. Neither of us could believe what we were staring at. Before I could reach for my camera, this handsome animal was off, running for the safety and cover of the trees.
What a great encounter.


At the gully, there was still the Great Crested Grebe swimming up and down;




and by the steps, a Grey Heron. The fishing must be good here.






a selection for Jan, because she like Herons.



As I got round the back of the pub, to make my way round the south lake, the sun had begun to put in an appearance, the clouds parting, to make way for blue sky.


I stopped by the footbridge that crosses the river, to see what birds were in amongst the bushes and brambles. Usually a good spot for assorted warblers; but today none to be seen.
A Brown Hawker dragonfly was patrolling over the bushes, and the Indian Balsam, for all its invasiveness, was looking splendid in the sunlight.





At the far end of the lake, very little about.
A Common Sandpiper flew over to the island, calling as he went, and a trio of Mallards were indulging in a spot of synchronised feeding.





The sun didn't last though. By the time I reached the rowing club, the cloud had rolled back in.


Passing the town houses, a dozen House Martins were circling overhead, feasting on the flying insects.


And back by Cormorant island, like yesterday, a Little Egret sat in the trees.





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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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  30


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Juvenile Bullfinch and Little Egrets


Some heavy overnight rain left the grass very wet this morning; and the dull, black cloud cover slowly began to clear.

A couple of Little Egrets had an overnight stay by Cormorant island, and on the footbridge, the juvenile Bullfinch was boldly feeding along with Dunnocks, Blue Tits and Chaffinch. A Wren was searching in the crevices for some insect breakfast.


The cat cam had only picked up the local cats last night, so this morning I set it up by the feeders, in the hope of capturing some activity while I walked round the lake.


I counted 43 Mute Swans up on the north lake, with one adult showing his might by harassing a few of the younger ones, until he got bored, and then settled down to just feed.

In the gully, no swans, but a Great Crested Grebe.




No worries about him being stranded; but he gave me some good opportunities for some pictures.




A Kingfisher flashed past, and settled out of sight in the distant trees; and a Grey Heron stood on the far bank, in the hope of catching some fish.



 Tufted Duck and Coot in the foreground



Walking round by the pub, a couple of Pied Wagtails were on the grass with a few Canada Geese, and three Grey Wagtails were chasing each other along the edge.

I crossed the road bridge, and went down to the feeders.
I wanted to change the 'cat cam' to face the other feeders, in the hope of catching some action. As I made my way there, a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew from one of the nut feeders.

Back up round the south lake, and the Crows were out of luck. In the rush to get the 'cat cam' for this morning, I'd forgotten to pack some apples.

At the far end, very little in the way of birdlife; although the boat people were out now.
The Mute Swans with the single cygnet were swimming down this end, and the cygnets curiosity got the better of him, as he began to swim towards one of the rowing boats. After a distant look at this large strange 'bird' on the water, he decided to go back to the safety of his parents.

In the water, by the rowing club, a rather large, bright orange Crayfish.




Fishermans friend.



As I passed the houses beyond the rowing club, half a dozen House Martins flew overhead. Grabbing a few flies for their long journey ahead.

Over on Cormorant island, a lone Little Egret sat in the trees.

Back at the car park, a quick look round the footbridge, found the juvenile Bullfinch again,




and in the bushes, with some Blue Tits, and a few juvenile Greenfinches,





a young looking Chiffchaff.




A check of the 'cat cam' before I left revealed ................ nothing, apart from me setting it up. Hmmmm, not sure why it didn't pick up anything. Maybe there was nothing down there this morning.
There was a Treecreeper down there though while I was there.





Another good 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)
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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 Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  38


Friday, 24 August 2012

Willy Wigeon



First visit for a couple of day; myself and Trevor have been chasing butterflies, birds and dragons.


Three Little Egrets at their roost when I arrived this morning, and the gull roost is getting steadily bigger.
Down at the feeders, the Mallard family arrived for breakfast, and around the car park and footbridge, it was very busy, with lots of juveniles flying about, and flitting through the bushes.

On round the north lake, and all the regulars; but no sign of Gordon Gadwall this morning. Perhaps he's moved on.
A new arrival in the last couple of days though, is Willy Wigeon.




A lone male, swimming at the top end of the lake.



After completing the north lake, I quickly shot off to the supermarket, before it got too busy. Essential supplies needed ................. petrol, pizza, and whisky.


When I arrived back at the south lake, the sun was beginning to shine through the cloud.

No sign of Peter Pochard again; perhaps he's gone off too, but the Mute Swan family of one were there, and a Tommy Tufted was having a wash and brush up.




Maybe that should be Teresa. It was a female.



As I got back near the car park, a single Little Egret was sat in the trees, over on Cormorant island.


An enjoyable morning.



If the sun is shining where you are, don't forget to put some water out for the birds. They always need a drink or bath.











Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  28


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Anniversary



Two years today.


I'm about as organised as a broken jig-saw.

In my defence, I've been visiting family the last two days, so no visit to the lake this morning. Instead, I've thrown together a few out takes from this year, a short video, for a quick post.


Late, I know, but ..............







Monday, 20 August 2012

Monday 20th August 2012



Inspirational title.

Topped up the bird feeders, fed the Mallards down there, and then made my way round the lake.


Some food rubbish left in the car park, which the Magpies seemed to be enjoying; and a few dragonflies flying around too. I managed to get some video and pictures of a Southern Hawker when it settled.




 (Not the sharpest picture. A bit dull this morning, and 1/20, handheld.)



Plenty of Black-headed Gulls around, and good to see Gordon Gadwall again.

A shame some people just let their dogs run riot and chase the geese. I wonder what they'd do if their dog actually caught one, and killed it? Probably nothing.

On the south lake, no sign of Peter Pochard, but I did catch a glimpse of the Mute Swans with the single cygnet.


A couple of Herons fishing up by the rowing club, and half a dozen Pied Wagtails flying around.


Brief today; a visit to the heart doctor, and then off to see my sister.



And don't forget to put some water out for the birds.











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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)

Total species  28


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Gadwall, dragons and some butterflies



A hot sunny day.


The feeders took a little more to fill up this morning, after missing them yesterday, whilst I had fun at Birdfair spending money.
Mrs Mallard was down there, (at the feeders), and the missing piebald duckling was with her. Good to see him back safe and sound.


Another group of ducklings under the road bridge, and a couple of noisy Grey Herons arguing over fishing rites. A Kingfisher flew under the bridge, and disappeared into the bushes.
Still flying around were half a dozen Swifts; surely they'll be off to Africa soon?


Over by the island, a lone Gadwall was swimming with some Mallards.
I guess winter won't be far away now. I imagine we'll have Wigeon turning up soon.


Plenty of Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns; and the good weather had brought out a few fishermen too.

Making my way down to the south lake, a group of Canada Geese were grazing by the footpath, and a couple of Crows were hanging round, hopefully waiting for the apple core. At the far end of the lake, in his usual spot, the Pochard was chilling.


Amongst the wild flowers and long grass by the waters edge, I spotted my first Small Copper of the year.





A beautiful, small butterfly.



Gatekeeper and




Meadow Brown, were flying in the sun too.


As always, a few day flying moths too.




I don't know the ID of this one. One of the 'wave' moths perhaps?
If anyone knows, I'd love to know too.
Maybe Trevor knows? He got a lovely moth book yesterday while we were out.



Past the rowing club, and the boat people were beginning to set off.

Over by Cormorant island, the pair of Mute Swans were swimming with their four cygnets. They are growing so fast now.


Back at the car park, I decided to wander through the long grass, thistles and nettles.
There be dragons here; and I wasn't disappointed.


A Brown Hawker just wouldn't settle, but I managed a couple of others.






Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.



A few butterflies were fluttering in the warm sunshine too.




A Holly Blue,


and I thought rather surprisingly,




a Speckled Wood.




The birds were being vocal too; which always helps with ID's.




A young Chiffchaff, soon to be on his way for the winter, perhaps.



And a very fine looking Willow Warbler.




So fresh and yellow, he reminded me of a small Wood Warbler.




An excellent morning.










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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)


Total species  33



Thursday, 16 August 2012

Little Egrets



Another quick visit this morning; still waiting for my parcel to arrive.


Over by the island, this morning there were four Little Egrets perched up in the trees.
Around about this time last year, that we had a few roosting here for a couple of months.

Down at the feeders, the Mallard appeared in the gloom, with three of her four ducklings. No sign of the fourth this morning; the piebald looking one.

A few Grey Herons fishing around the lake edge, and something I didn't expect to see was six Swifts circling overhead. I thought these had long gone. The last of the stragglers refuelling before their long journey ahead.

The top end had the swans still swimming freely, and quite a few Black-headed Gulls sitting up on the dam.



No visit tomorrow; off out for the 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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  31


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Swans OK



A quick visit this morning; I'm waiting for a new toy to arrive, and I need to get some supplies for the trip to Birdfair on Friday.

Good to see the Mallard family down by the feeders again this morning, and somehow a small feeder left by someone some time ago, has managed to get twenty odd feet up in a tree.
I noticed it a while ago; maybe Twizzle does live after all.

A very warm, sticky start to the day, and a few Brown Hawkers flying around.


Just the north lake this morning; I also wanted to see if the swans were still stranded.


As I made my way there, I counted almost fifty swans swimming up at the top end.
Had the others been rescued, and had joined the main group? I'd soon find out.



A Common Sandpiper flew across the lake, calling as it went.
Now the most I've seen of these here has been two. And I've seen them on the north lake, and the south lake. Are there more than two here, or do they just fly about a lot?



Another Mallard was up by the dam, with four ducklings. Looking at the size of them, I would guess they were the group of seven.

And as I reached the gully, no swans. Brilliant. Freedom at last. Maybe it was a result from people contacting the Parks Trust?


As I reached the pub, to make my way home, I noticed a sign on the sailing club.
An open day today.
Now, me being a cynical old bugger immediately thought the only reason the swans had been moved, was because it wouldn't look good if lots of people attending the open day, wandered down there and saw them swimming up and down in that gully, looking distressed.

No, surely not the reason Keith.



Well, whatever the reason, it was good to see them out of there.









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)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  27