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

Saturday, 2 April 2011

The Warblers are coming

At last a day off work, and a bit more time to explore the lake.

After sorting out the bird food, I quickly checked the Cormorant island for the Common Gull. He’s still there, along with a Lesser Black-backed, and a Great Black-backed Gull. The swan is sitting on a nest of large sticks, and a few geese were milling around too. A busy island.

Back at the footbridge,

the Bramblings are still about, but still very nervous of any movement near the bridge. 
I will get a decent shot one day!

Around the north lake, I counted seven Tufted Duck, which soon became one, as the dreaded boats made an appearance. Six of the tufties took to the air, and I doubt they’ll return.
Chiffchaff were calling from almost every bush and tree, it seemed; but no sign of yesterdays Blackcaps.

Still a bit windy across the lake, and at the far end of the south lake, the sound of gunfire.

In the field beyond the railway line, someone had hidden themselves along the hedge line, and were blasting Wood Pigeons out of the sky. I believe it’s called ‘sport’.

Further round the south lake, the sound of a Willow Warbler; my first for the year. After a bit of time, I managed to find him, and get a short bit of video. Pictures another time, hopefully.

Back at the footbridge, plenty of Cowslip growing,

and plenty of joggers thundering around the footpaths, along with the walking people with sticks.

Time to head home.

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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
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)
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  36


  1. Lovely post and you have some blooms. We have so much snow to melt still and I do see a few patches of grass but not green yet. Have a wonderful day.

  2. Hope the day off and the visit to the lake has managed to recharge your batteries Keith. :)
    I'm sure you'll get a Brambling picture you're pleased with very soon.

  3. Another lovely video. What you could produce from this camper would put me back in the wilderness. great and thanks.

  4. Ah, the Cowslips are great, have a nice time at work.

  5. The swan really does build a large nest.
    I see your small birds have just as effective camera spotting radar as those round here lol.

  6. I enjoyed that Keith. Apart from the knowledge of the presence of the gunman of course! I kept hearing the same thing while out yesterday :(

    Gorgeous photo of the Cowslip!

    Glad you still have the Brambling, 'mine' still visits the garden and I still haven't managed a decent photo.

    Lovely to hear the Chiffchaff, I have heard them while out during the past week :)

  7. Sorry for late replies;

    Lisa, thank you. We've had lots of sun today; winter seems just a far away memory now.

    Thanks Trevor. A quick visit after work today, and tried the new camera. Haven't looked at the results yet, but the Brambling were still there.

    Adrian, thank you. You're too kind.

    Thank you Amila. I'm lucky to have this place so close to home.

    Thanks Bob. Took a lot more today, in the sun. :)

    John, I'm sure these birds know a camera when they see them lol

    Thank you Jan. Spent an enjoyable couple of hours this afternoon.