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

Saturday, 23 April 2011

St. Georges's Day

The sun was shining, the birds were singing; what more could anyone want?

Birds? Yea, there were plenty.

The Warblers were out in force, Sedge, Reed, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow, and even a Whitethroat put in an appearance.

Blackbirds, Robins, Song Thrush; and even Tufted Duck are still around. A Buzzard overhead, pair of Common Sandpipers flying around, a Heron doing a balancing act on a fence, and a pair of Mallard on a house roof.

Ducklings and baby Coots, and amorous doves.

A wonderful day.


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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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 Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  45



  1. Is the top picture the whitethroat? Thats quite a purposeful stance, he means business

  2. Yup Debbie, he's the Whitethroat. My first one this year, and he had quite an attitude lol

  3. Fantastic Whitethroat capture Keith :)

    And another great video, except a bit near the beginning which is JUST RUBBISH lol. Some people just have no respect for the countryside! (rant).

  4. I spent a long while getting that picture Trevor; he was very awkward lol
    It's a shame a few people seem to have no respect for the area they live in, and expect others to clean up after them.

  5. Can't see the video Keith but it looks like a great morning. A rare bird indeed is the Whitethroat.

  6. Lovely image of the Whitethroat Keith.

  7. Cheers Adrian. The Whitethroat was a tough one to get. It wouldn't keep still for a second.

    Thanks Andrew. Hoping for some more tomorrow.

  8. A beautiful day for the whitethroat shot!

  9. Thanks Sondra. He was a poser with attitude lol