Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Oh, what have they done?

First visit for a couple of months, and what a change.

The water levels are now back to normal, but the chainsaw brigade have been out in force.
It goes under the pseudonym of management.

The RSPB have a slogan; 

"If you build it, it will come."

Not to be outdone, the Parks Trust have one now, 

"If they come here, we'll make sure they don't stay."

The sound of Chiffchaffs calling from what trees were left, was everywhere.
The cloudy start slowly gave way to some sunshine later, and the birds were definitely in spring mood.
Nest material gathering, nest building, and even some mating by the Mallards. They never seem to stop anyway.
A few even remembered me, and came over for some food.

Cowslips were out in force.

The pub extension is finished.

I did notice a lack of gulls though. Maybe they've all been sent packing.

As I made my way down to the south lake, the sun was beginning to shine, and three Mute Swans were happily flying aimlessly around.

Backlit by the sun, as was the tree blossom.

At the far end of the south lake, in what is jokingly called a 'conservation area',

the shrubs have been levelled.

I suppose the pending Willow Warblers, Garden Warblers, Blackcaps and others, will have to find somewhere else to build their nests this year.

My first Sand Martins of the year were spotted down by the rowing club, and when I got back to the car park, more Chiffchaff, and my first Blackcap of the year. A stunning male, making his presence known.

Sadly the footbridge area, by the car park, has been cleared of shrubs and brambles.
It was always a good spot to see the birds up close, especially when it was sunny.
There was even a Firecrest amongst the brambles one year, and Spotted Flycatcher.

This year it's ..... er, crap.

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31