Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Sunny Sunday

A welcome day off from work, with the added bonus of some sun.

Cowslips seem to be everywhere just now, and Cuckooflower are pushing through the grass too;

 also known as Lady's Smock. A lovely little flower.

Saw my first Sedge Warbler of the year, and plenty of Chiffchaff all around the lake. Half a dozen Willow Warblers,

and a pair of Blackcap.......the migrants are flooding in now. A pair of Brambling still at the footbridge, along with plenty of other finches.

On Cormorant island, the pair of Oystercatchers are still there, along with the Common Gull, and the Mute Swans on their nest.

The nesting swans are still at the north lake, and the warm sun soon brought out the early butterflies.............and the joggers.

It was time for me to leave.

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)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
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  38


  1. Glad you had a good morning. The new camera is a vast improvement. It hunts for focus as mine does but at least your does so quietly. I've come to the conclusion that it's a tripod and manual focus for me though I have seen a design for a walking around stabiliser that can be made from bits of pipe. they have a posh name....John knows what they are called and I recall him saying he had built one.
    good to see you back.

  2. Cheers Adrian. The video is taking a bit of getting used to, but I'm pleased with the results so far. I think really though, I'd love a camera like Johns :)

  3. The stills are awesome and the video is very good it is quiet as mine is noisey---
    although I dont recall it being as noisey in the beginning--I think Ive overworked the camera and need a new one!

  4. Thanks Sondra.
    Sounds like you've convinced yourself you need a new camera lol

  5. Great post Keith.
    The lake was looking very photogenic this morning.:)
    The new gear seems to be working well too.
    Super Willow Warbler capture btw.

  6. I could have stayed all day Trevor; it was great over there. Think I'll pitch a tent by the bridge lol

  7. Thats a great shot of the W/Warbler Keith.
    I have not seen a Sedge yet, so as you have seen them they should up with us soon.

  8. Thanks Roy. The Sedge Warblers seem to have arrived today around Bucks, judging by some of the local bird reports. I love the spring arrivals; so exciting.

  9. Willow Warbler is here as well, yours is beautiful.

  10. Thanks Bob. It's good to see the spring birds coming back.

  11. Both the photos are beautiful Keith and the video was very enjoyable. What a wonderful time of year it is and the weather in the last few days has been just perfect. If it stayed like this until Autumn it would suit me just fine, I don't need it hot and definitely not humid!

    It is so good to see everything bursting into life and your video shows the birds just seem happy to be alive :)

  12. Thanks Jan. I agree about the weather; it can stay all year lol