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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Brambling fest

A little bit of time this morning before work, so I concentrated my efforts around the footbridge area.
Judging by what I saw this morning, I can’t wait for Saturday, and a proper look round the whole lake.

The Crows and Magpies were about at the bird table, eating the digestive biscuits and seed, and the pair of Mallards were scooping up anything else that dropped from the table.

Over at the Cormorant island; the Cormorants, naturally, a Heron made a brief fly by, a few Canada and Greylag Geese, the injured Common Gull, and a single Oystercatcher, wandering about. There seems to be a pair of Mute Swans settling down to build a nest, but I think they’ll have to be a bit vigilant; a couple Great Black-backed Gulls seem to have taken up residence there too.

A couple of Chiffchaff were singing for all they were worth, back at the footbridge, and I counted 6 Brambling around the feeders and in the scrub. 

With half a dozen birds, at least I’ll have more chance of seeing them.

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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  29


  1. The wind at the lake sounded as strong as it is here today!

    Lovely to see the Brambling showing well Keith, they are cracking little birds.

    The Greater Blue-backed Jogger made me jump when he flew past ;)

  2. Well done Keith, it was only a matter of time before you came up trumps with the Brambling. :)
    A little bit windy today? lol

  3. Hi Keith..."marvelous" you got your Bramblings!!
    That must have brightened your day !! : }}
    Hugs my friend!!

  4. I like that word--Chiffchaffing--lol Very good..BOY that current in the water is swift---

  5. Thanks Jan. That Greater Blue-backed Jogger made me jump too lol

    Thanks Trevor. Today was the first day I didn't take my camera, because of the rough weather. Six Bramblings!! I'm sure they do it on purpose lol

    Grammie, it was a real treat to see them. :)

    Thanks Sondra. That wind certainly whipped up the water today.