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Friday, 15 April 2011

Oystercatchers and Warblers

What a great morning; a total of 40 different birds.

The warblers were out in force this morning, Sedge, Reed, and Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiffchaff. Five Common Terns over the south lake, and a few Sand Martins and Swallows.
I love this time of year!

Topped up the seed, and then headed off round the south lake first.
The Sand Martins and Swallows were a bit less than yesterdays numbers, but still exciting to watch them skim over the water. Five Common Terns now, and every few yards, seemed to have a warbler of one sort or another, calling out.
The tiny Wrens were in fine voice too, belting out their songs from the high perches.
I had a good look at the 'horror tree' at the far end of the lake, and noticed small webs here and there, probably containing the eggs of the caterpillar, that will eventually strip the leaves from the tree.

 I'll keep an eye on their progress.

As I made my way round the north lake, the pair of Oystercatchers were taking a break from the island, and loafing around at the edge of the lake.

A Little Egret flew overhead, and a Sparrowhawk glided low over the water, and disappeared into the bushes. Searching for breakfast, no doubt.

A strange sight to see, was a Mallard, sitting on the roof of one of the houses.

 Just didn't look right to me.

Back at the footbridge, I kept an eye out for any sign of the Brambling, but no luck today. Still, 40 birds is a good count for a few hours this morning.

This may be the last post for a few days; I've a few things to catch up on, and some visiting to do.

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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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  40


  1. The Mallard is amazing. I have never see one perch.
    When you go visiting take the laptop. You'll get a post away.

  2. Cheers Adrian. Good idea about the laptop.

  3. Lovely photo of the Oystercatchers Keith. That Mallard looked really silly stood up there :)

    I just caught up with your last post and was glad to see how lovely the 'horror' tree looks now, I remember it last year very well. But now I see on this post that it may well have the same thing happen this time...oh dear!

    I am so glad the injured gull is still there, it is probably in the best place on the island poor thing.

    I hope the Coot hasn't been to all that trouble for nothing but it doesn't seem too hopeful :(

    Forty different birds was a good tally! Good to hear the Sedge Warbler too.

  4. Hi the duck on the it doesn't look right does
    Your first photo of the Oystercatchers is wonderful..real nice!!
    Enjoyed the video, and always love hearing your voice!! Hugs!!

  5. Terrific shot of the oystercatchers!! It is very odd to see a mallard on a rooftop--but maybe he needed a high perch to look for something--ahhh
    Oh yeah I always take my laptop along...just to download photos if nothing else!! Happy Journey!

  6. I once saw a mallard sat on a tree branch. They do look so out of place in such situations.

  7. Keith, that is so unusual to see those Oystercatchers residing inland like that. They have obviously decided to opt out of shore life for something different in the country.{:)

  8. Thanks Jan. It's such a great area to explore, and there are always a few surprises thrown in. The gull seems to be doing really well too.

    Grammie, thank you. It was an enjoyable visit. I'll be able to stay a lot longer soon.

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, big trip coming up soon, to see a fellow blogger :)

    John, that Mallard really threw me when I saw him on that roof lol

    I hope the Oystercatchers decide to stay Roy. I think a pair tried to breed here last year, but were unsuccessful.