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



Thursday, 28 April 2016

Lesser Whitethroat




A cold frosty start to the day, but the sun was up early, and made a perfect day.



Before going to the lake, I filled up with petrol, and in the trees by the garage, I could hear a Whitethroat calling.
Surely there must be some arriving at the lake any day now?



Back at the lake we left some seed for the birds ................. Crows mostly, and began scanning the bushes and trees in front of the car park.
A Garden Warbler was singing against a Blackcap, Chiffchaff calling from the tops of the trees alongside a Willow Warbler, Song Thrush, Robin, and then the unmistakeable burst of a Cetti's Warbler. Deep in the bushes and moving a few yards each time; but totally invisible.
That's the second one that I know of here at the lake, and yet to glimpse either of them.


We carried on round the north lake. More Blackcap calling, Robins, Blackbirds, Long Tailed Tits roaming the trees, Reed Warblers calling from the reeds, and a few sticks to throw for Whisky.


Soon up at the top end, and possibly some Whitethroat.


I searched the usual places, but nothing, apart from more Blackcaps. There seems to be quite a few of these around this year.



A couple of Dunnocks in the bushes, Pied Wagtail, and then I was walking past the pub.



A pair of Greylag Geese were swimming by, with their two goslings.







A couple of Mallards came over for some seed, and then we were passing under the road bridge, heading towards the south lake.
The unmistakable sound of the Cetti was still coming from the other side of the lake, deep in the bushes.



A Grey Heron was stood by the edge of the lake.






As we neared the far end of the lake, I heard a sound coming from some bushes.
Eventually I managed a glimpse of the bird responsible,




 A Lesser Whitethroat.


A couple more shots, and then he disappeared into the bushes again. Very elusive.








I walked up towards the footbridge over the river, a good spot in the past to see Whitethroat.

Nothing.

A Willow Warbler, and a Chiffchaff high in some trees, and that was it.



Over on the island, at the far end of the lake, I could hear the other Cetti calling. Not much chance of seeing this one.
I left some seed for the Robin, and began making my way past the rowing club.


Quite a few House Martins, Sand Martins and Swallows were skimming over the water,





and taking a break from all the flying, a Sand Martin had landed on one of the jetties.




Interesting to see just how short their legs are.




As I passed the houses, I noticed 2 Swifts circling over Cormorant island. Should be a few more arriving soon.



Back at the car park, a look around the bushes before heading home.



A pair of Bullfinches were busily picking some of the blossom.





Whisky was waiting patiently as I wandered about,





and then finally, we headed off for home; and some breakfast.















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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
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)
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)
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)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42




Monday, 18 April 2016

Yellow Wagtails and Oystercatcher




First visit after getting back from Wales, and a good start to begin with.




A Magpie sunning himself.



Blue skies and sunshine to start the morning, and the birds were in fine voice.
Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers seemed to be having a singing contest around the lake, and every so often a Blackcap would join in with his melodic warble.


Whisky enjoyed seeing some of his old friends and catching up on the latest dog gossip.


One thing I noticed straight away, was how the trees have all started to burst into leaf. Back in Wales there isn't much colour in the trees yet, so I couldn't resist taking a back-lit blossom branch.







The sun was short lived though, as a big bank of cloud soon covered the sky, and sent the temperature dropping fast. I wondered if I should just do the north lake, as it looked as though it could possibly turn into a storm ....................... I'm glad I carried on though.




The south lake had lots of House Martins, Swallows and Sand Martins skimming over the water, feasting on the insects.
More Blackcaps calling from the bushes and trees, and as I got down to the rowing club, two flashes of yellow streaked past me.





Yellow Wagtails




A Pied Wagtail was wandering along with them.









Out on one of the jetties, a lone Oystercatcher.





Hopefully his mate was sat on the nest somewhere.






Past the houses and back towards the car park.




Off to see the other half perhaps?






Before we reached the car park, I had to take a picture of this tree in full blossom.




 A shame the sun wasn't shining now.







Full list of today's sightings


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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
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)
British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima)
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 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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)


Total species  36