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Thursday, 28 April 2011

House Martins

It was good to see the place looking tidy, after all the mess of the last few days.

I'm guessing the Parks Trust had sent people round to clear the rubbish away. We've got a wedding going on tomorrow, and most of the population have got the day off; I just hope the sun doesn't bring the scum back out round the lake again.

The second biggest surprise, was seeing some House Martins, skimming over the south lake, with the Sand Martins and Swallows. Just need the Swifts now, for a full set.

Reed Warblers seemed to be in every clump of reeds, and there were plenty of Starlings, Blackbirds and Greenfinches about this morning.

Dull, and a bit windy, but seeing the return of the House Martins, made the weather seem unimportant.

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 Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  30


  1. Nice to see the place looking tidy once again (let’s hope it stays that way!). They are forecasting a cooler weekend so maybe the morons will stay at home and dirty their own patch.

    How amazing is it to see the Martins and Swallows flying around so effortlessly and then to realize how far those little wings have travelled?

  2. Good to see they have tidied up. Good to see so many Martins and swallows. Where do the Sand martins nest? I bet as we speak the parks folk are out strimming all the untidy plants in time for tomorrow.
    Have a good weekend it's freezing up here.

  3. Thanks Trevor. I hope it stays tidy now.
    I'm always amazed at these birds big journeys.
    I can watch their flying antics for ages.

    Great birds to watch Adrian. I don't know of anywhere locally, where the Sand Martins nest. They built a man made sand bank at Willen Lake, but it's never used.

  4. Hi funny the C.goose with its head springing up and down like a jack in thee box!!
    I also like watching the flight of the Swallows.
    There has to be close to 20 (hard to count when they are zipping around so fast)
    in my back gardens squabbling over the nest boxes!!
    Lovely to the flowering trees about and the place looks spotless...perhaps they didn't need any disgrace or embarrassment, after all!!

  5. There were some Swifts at Hanson late on Monday afternoon, rattling through to who knows where. And the House Martins were burbling away to themselves, as they do. Good times.

  6. Looks better down there now Keith , just a shame it got the way it did in the first place .Might see you over the weekend if not have a good one :)

  7. THats the way it is you go from side to side..they are probably lol at us as we try to film n photograph them. Glad the place was cleaned up...Are there no trash cans around? Parks here have stopped supplying cans but those ones who dont clean up behind themselves leave it for someone else..
    Whats that Oyster catcher looking for on the ground I wonder--
    Hope its left in good shape after this weekend--I was thinking of you today when I got to the pond here before the

  8. Thanks grammie. I think thee goose was telling me to clear off lol

    It is a great time of year Graeme. No sign of any Swifts here yet though :(

    Cheers Scott. Yea, I'll be there :)

    Sondra, the only bins round here are for dog crap. I think a few litter bins would be a good idea, especially by the picnic tables.
    I think the Oystercatcher is after worms. :)