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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


  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!

  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.

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

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

  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 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!

  6. Give that Squirrel another ASBO Keith.

  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!!

  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.