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Friday, 22 April 2011

Good Friday

It started good. A reasonable sunrise,

and the sight of the Brambling, but pretty soon the joggers arrived. A full marathon round and round the lake.

I found a rather strange flying thing too.

A smallish  black fly, with huge feelers. Does anyone know what it is?

I did manage to see a few birds before the sweaty hoards pounded the footpaths though.

The Oystercatcher is still around, and a quick glimpse of a Common Sandpiper, as I crossed under the road bridge. Warblers were everywhere,

and the Mallard still has her 12 chicks.

Another family group were out enjoying the sun too; Mr and Mrs Coot, and their little red faced chicks.

A late post, and time for a siesta I think.


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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41


  1. No idea what your fly is. Good to see the chick.

  2. Hi Keith...your photo of the sunrise is just outstanding!!
    That fly I have no idea what it is ,but it must be pretty tough flying in a stiff wind with those feeler!! lol
    Wonderful video ( except for the two legged creatures)lol Love seeing the daisy, we have a way to go before I will see them here!
    The Mother ducks and duckling are just darling,do hope they survive!!
    I'm off to my daughter tomorrow for Easter..
    Hope you have a good weekend, or is there work?? Hugs!!

  3. Wonderful photos Keith..thats a super sunrise..GEEZE thats some serious vandalism...I dont know what is becoming of some people in our society? Have a great weekend!! I enjoyed all the great birds on the video---

  4. Excellent post Keith, great pictures and video.

    Everything looked very tranquil there, just nature getting on with getting on. Shame about the vandals (and joggers) tho'.

    As for the mystery insect, I'm pretty sure it's a micro-moth called - adela reaumurella

  5. For your unidentified 'fly' have a look here Keith. This could well be it.

  6. Thanks Adrian. The chicks brightened an already bright day.

    Thanks grammie. Nature has taken its toll on the ducklings today :(
    Enjoy your Easter break.

    Sondra, thank you. I despair with some of the society members :(

    Trevor and John, thank you both for the ID. It certainly seems the one. Many thanks.