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



Thursday, 14 April 2011

Warblers, Martins and Swallows

Dull and cloudy this morning, and just a visit to the south lake before work.


A quick glimpse of the Brambling pair at the footbridge, after I had left some seed, and Chaffinch and Greenfinch also. The Crows were by the table, along with the Magpies, and a couple of Mallards. Blackcap in the bushes, Chiffchaff and Wrens singing heartily, and a Willow Warbler in the trees by the car park. A Reed Warbler was calling from the reeds, but was doing an excellent job of being invisible.

I walked over the road bridge, and made my way around the south lake. Three Common Terns this morning, flying around, and again, hundreds of Sand Martins skimming over the water; and amongst them, some Swallows.
Further along the path, I heard and saw a Sedge Warbler, albeit a brief glimpse, and more Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff.
At the very far end, I stopped to look at the 'horror tree'. It was in full bloom, and a full recovery from being host to the Bird Cherry Ermine Moth, of a couple of years ago.


 Who needs pesticides? Nature takes care of it.


As I passed the Cormorant island, a scan with the binoculars revealed the two Oystercatchers, and the Common Gull.

Back at the car park, I tried again to see the Reed Warbler, but today he was determined not to show himself. A last look round the scrub area, and then time to make my way 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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
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)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
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

8 comments:

  1. Excellent video Keith.

    Such a wealth of birdlife going on there.:)

    I wonder how many of the people who walk around the lakes each day notice a fraction of what you`ve just shown us in that video?

    As for the pond dipping, I reckon the Parks Trust should show the kids a couple of your videos, I`m sure they would then appreciate the lakes (and what they`ve got there) a little more!

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  2. Thanks Trevor. It's certainly busy round here at the moment.
    I think you're right, I doubt if many people walking round the lake realise just how much is here.

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  3. This is brilliant, you have sussed the new machine.

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  4. Thanks Adrian. If I could get it to focus quicker I'd be very happy lol

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  5. OH boy we had to take one of our feeders down cause the squirrels found a way to get on it, we had them foiled for a while--
    Great Video Keith...so many birds calling!!
    I have found the vid feature is slow to focus on my similar bridge camera--moving it slowly helps or keeping the distance the same also helps...STILL its amazing right!! I think it did a great job focusing on the sky which is the hardest for the auto focus!

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  6. Give that Squirrel another ASBO Keith.

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  7. Hi Keith...fantastic to hear the songs of some many birds...and your enthusiasm too!!
    The tree is gorgeous...did a great recovery!!
    Every thing so lush and green, thanks for sharing your world!! Big Hugs!!

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  8. Thanks Sondra. It was a great visit this morning, and so many birds.
    I think maybe I expect too much from the camera at times lol

    That squirrel is a right pain Roy ;)

    Thanks grammie. I still get excited everytime I visit here, and there is always something to see.

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