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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Sunny Saturday

……..but it started frosty.

I walked round all the lake today, and very enjoyable in the spring sun.

A quick look at Cormorant island, produced a female Goosander. Nice find.

Most of the winter ducks seem to have left now, except for a few Tufted Duck, and half a dozen Pochard on the south lake.
The spring migrants will be here soon, and today I saw my first one; a Chiffchaff.

Cowslips were showing their bright faces,

and a few bees flying around too.

Back at the Cormorant island, I eventually found the Common Gull, with the broken wing, and a pair of Oystercatchers.

The footbridge had the regulars; Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Blackbird, Crow, Magpie and Mallard, and all around the lake, the Mute Swans seem to be staking out their territory.

And of course, the boats were out too.

An enjoyable morning though. Some sun makes such a difference.

I hope the sun is shining on you 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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


  1. Another cracking video. Glad the sun is shining for you. Turned cloudy and cold up here after a good start.

  2. HI Keith...It is good to see the sun in the video today!!
    Wonderful singing and chirping going on to!!
    Blooms are lovely, very nice post and video!
    Nice to see the gull is still around!!
    Enjoy my friend ...Hugs!!

  3. A crisp start to a fine beautiful day Keith (just right for boats and joggers. lol)

    Like the Cowslip picture and the video. nice to see the Gull is still o.k.

    And the cold sounds a bit better too!

  4. Cheers Adrian. The forecast for Sunday here is cloudy. We never seem to get two days the same.

    Thanks grammie. It was a real treat to be out this morning.

    Trevor, it got far too busy by 10 o'clock for my liking lol
    The cold is gradually going; helping it on its way with some JD at the moment. ;)

  5. Lovely Cowslip photo Keith :) Yes, what a difference the sun makes, it was glorious all day here.

    So glad you spotted the poor old Gull. Most enjoyable video again and nice to hear the Wren singing its heart out and to see the GCGs doing a bit of head waggling!

    Don't go too mad with the JD ;)

  6. Thanks Jan. I'm going to have to do some revision on plants and dragons names for the coming months lol
    The JD is like nectar at the moment :)

  7. Good to hear the gull is still around Keith and those Oystercatchers seem to be hanging in there.

  8. Thanks Roy. Maybe the Oystercatchers will breed this year. Hope so; but there's some large gulls around there that could take the chicks.