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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Three in one

Still rather busy at work, and doing allsorts of crazy shifts. Today will be my tenth straight day of work; two more, then I get a day off, and then start all over again.

I’ve still managed to get over the lake briefly, in the mornings, to feed the birds, and see what is around by the footbridge. On Monday, I managed to find the Common Gull with the busted wing, on the island. Checked on him each morning, and he seems to be surviving somehow.

Yesterday a nice surprise in the shape of the Brambling, feeding on the footbridge. There seems to be a couple of Chiffchaff calling, and a Song Thrush singing every morning, from his favourite tree. In fact, the whole area is alive with birdsong right now.

I’ve knocked up a video from the last 3 mornings at the lake, and a small list of what’s about, from each day.

Maybe Saturday I can spend a little more time 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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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)
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  21


Tuesday Full list

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  16


Monday Full list

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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)

Total species  20

11 comments:

  1. At least you got some relaxing time in...Hang in there! Love that early morning bird songs---

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  2. Hi Keith..so wonderful to hear your voice,and the songs of the birds!! So glad that you had the opportunnity to get in a peaceful walk before facing the world of man!!
    Thanks for including the flowers..I loved seeing them!!
    Hugs until the next time!!

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  3. Glad you’re still getting to visit the lake Keith. :)

    It’s great to hear the birds singing for all they’re worth in the mornings now, it’s amazing how they make themselves heard over each other (and the traffic!).

    It’s nice to see that the C. Gull is still around. It would be interesting to know what it’s finding to eat (and how) ?

    btw. I think your mystery flower is a Primrose..... err no ...sorry.. a Lesser Celandine. lol.

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  4. It was nice to have the bird songs identified. Haven't heard a Song Thrush locally though there are two or three Mistle Thrushes singing each morning. Haven't heard a Chiff Chaff yet this year either.

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  5. It was music to my ears too Keith, what a joy! Thank you for bringing that to us, there is nothing like the dawn chorus.

    Your unknown flower was Celandine or Lesser Celandine to be exact.

    That is a lovely crop of Cowslips there, I have some self seeded ones growing in my lawn, well it is too scruffy to be called a lawn really, more a weedy patch of grass :)

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  6. Thanks Sondra. The dawn chorus is well under way now. :)

    Thank you grammie. The lake seems to have changed so much since I last had a good look round.

    Trevor, you’re right about the flower lol
    The sound of the birds in the morning is amazing.

    Thanks Dale. Just a quick visit for now :)

    Thank you John. I can’t wait for Saturday, so I can have a proper look round and listen.

    Thank you Jan. Lesser Celandine it is. ;)
    The Cowslips seem to be everywhere there. Lovely to see.

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  7. You get some time to relax, it's worth it.

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  8. Thanks Bob. Saturday is the day ;)

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  9. Stick with it.......lovely bird song and thanks for the ID's.

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  10. Thanks Adrian. The dawn chorus is well under way now. Great to hear it.

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