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

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Brambling still here

As soon as I got to the lake this morning, I found the Brambling. Great to still see them here.

After topping up the feeders, and leaving a new one, I made my way round the south lake first. I could hear, but couldn't see, the Sedge Warblers along the edge of the lake.
Greylag and Canada Geese were grazing alongside the footpath, and a Buzzard was calling overhead. The Common Terns were swooping down into the lake, catching breakfast, and Blackcaps seemed to be calling from every bush.

At the far end of the lake, I stood watching a Willow Warbler for a while, and then noticed some movement from the ground. A tiny mouse. He appeared from his home, watched me for a while, and then disappeared into the bushes.

The Common Gull is still on the island, and back at the footbridge, I spent some time watching the Bramblings.

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)          
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)          
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo) 
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)   
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)  
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)       
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)    
Common Gull (Larus canus canus) 
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus) 
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)           
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas) 
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)        
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)        
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)        
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)       
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)       
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)           
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)     
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  39


  1. HI Keith...nice photo of the Brambling, for a lack of a better description from my viewing, it has a soft quieting look to it..(just me) lol
    Even a mouse in on the show today, whats next???
    Hope you can go off for a few days without worrying about the birds at the lake!! : }}
    Hugs my friend!!

  2. Thanks grammie. I think the birds will forgive me a couple of missed days. I'll certainly miss them though.

  3. Excellent images of the Brambling and Blackcap Keith. Have a good Break.

  4. Lovely shot of the Brambling and the Blackcap Keith.

  5. The Brambling and Blackcap, a beautiful photos.

  6. A very nice 'fairwell for a few days' visit to the lake Keith. Nice to see the Brambling still.

    You did well to spot the tiny mouse.

    You have my blood pressure rising now with the litter bug...s!!! It infuriates me that people deface our lovely land like that :(

  7. Thats a great shot of your Brambling-I know they will miss you!!

  8. I'm back; but still loads to do, so very quick replies for now.......

    Thanks Trevor. Had a great time.

    Thank you Roy :)

    Thanks Bob :)

    Thanks Jan. Unfortunately a small minority of people can spoil it for everyone. :(

    Thank you Sondra. I'll be back there in the morning lol