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Friday, 1 April 2011


A very quick visit this morning, to feed the birds, and a quick look round the footbridge area.

All the usual visitors there, Crows, Magpies, Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits,

and good to see the Bramblings still around; and another spring visitor has arrived. A singing male Blackcap. I managed a short bit of video, before he disappeared into the bushes again. The briefest of glimpses of a female there too, so maybe they will successfully breed.

Hopefully a longer visit tomorrow will reveal some more new arrivals.

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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  28


  1. Good find with the Blackcaps this morning Keith.
    Lets hope there's a good outcome in a few weeks time.
    Cute LTT btw. ;)

  2. I have not been lucky enough to see a Blackcap yet Keith, I think I heard a very short blast from one yesterday, but thats about it. There are a few "Chiffys" around now though that I have seen briefly.

  3. Now that does anyone's heart good! Just lovely Keith :) Lovely LTT photo too!

  4. I like the Long-tailed Tit Keith.

  5. Thanks Trevor. I heard him first, so just waited a while, and he made an appearance.

    I'm hoping for a few more spring arrivals tomorrow Roy.

    Thanks Jan. I was very pleased finding them. :)

    Thank you Bob. They are lovely little birds aren't they.

  6. Lovely image of the LTT Keith and great to see the footage of the Blackcap.

  7. What a great song the Blackcap is singing!! Like you say hopefully it will be a love song!!
    Love the Long tailed tit Photo!!!

  8. Thanks Sondra. Saw a few more today; spring is certainly here.