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

Saturday, 14 May 2011

After the big one

Hopefully things have settled down now on blogger, after the hiccup of the last day or so.

Aquilega, growing under the railway arch, at south lake.

After the last big discovery at the lake; the Spotted Sandpiper, I didn't expect to find an Osprey. Would have been nice, but no, not today.
There were plenty of Swifts skimming over the water though, with a few Swallows, and the odd House Martin.

A lot of young families out too; Coots, Swans, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, and Mallards. The Oystercatcher was in his usual breakfast spot, plenty of warblers calling from their vantage points, including Blackcap,

and Garden Warbler.

Yesterday on my quick walk round, I could hear a Cuckoo; but not today. It would have been good to have seen him; maybe another time.
It was good to see a Mistle Thrush though, along with a Song Thrush; and a Grey Wagtail, and his cousin, the Pied Wagtail.

Some good birds about today, but an absence of any other birders, now the 'star' has flown.


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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42



  1. Another good morning............those caterpillars are amazing.

  2. So the weyward sandpiper has flown the coop..Glad you recorded it for prosterity! Good looking day on your video..and great images up top...the flower reminds me of the Columbine--its lovely. Your Saturday is over and mine is just beginning!!

  3. Hi Keith...well we are back in commission again!!
    The Aquilega.. beautiful photo, which I have always called Columbine, common name I suppose, is a beautful plant. Love the color of this one!!
    The ducklings, goslings, and signets are growing fast so cute to see then....and I did notice the the yellow Iris by the waters you know me...Hugs my friend!! ♥

  4. Thanks Adrian. The trees will look totally destroyed by these caterpillars pretty soon, but in a few months they will look perfect. Amazing how nature sorts itself out.

    Sondra, there's no sign of it now. It was a great record for us though; a first for our county. It does make me wonder if it will survive though. :-(
    Columbine is another name we have for the flower; along with granny's bonnet.
    Have a good weekend.

  5. Thanks grammie. The plant was growing out in the wild; maybe it was the wild version? I was surprised to see it there.
    The Iris's are everywhere now around the lake. Beautiful flowers.
    The ducks and geese have been successful with the young so far this year. Great to see them.

  6. Beautiful photos of the Black Cap and Garden Warbler Keith.

    Glad you are keeping us up to date with the injured gull.

    It is lovely to see all the youngsters, the parents always look so proud of them :)

  7. Keith, great video of all the young families out enjoying the morning sunshine. :)

    Thankfully the dreaded caterpillars in my garden seem to have gone now. :]

    And that Blackcap picture is superb.

    Bit disappointed there's no "megas" today. lol.

  8. I haven't shot the Blackcap this season, but you did, lovely photo.

  9. Thanks Jan. The gull seems to be doing well. I watched it flap its wings a bit this morning, but I doubt it will ever fly again.

    Cheers Trevor. Just the usual stuff today lol

    Thanks Bob. :)

  10. Aquilegia (columbine) is one of my favorite garden flowers. We have a beautiful native one (canadensis)and another one that is native to the rocky mountains. They hybridize with each other and each year i look forward to seeing what new form and color will show up from the cross-breeding. Haven't seen one quite like yours, though!


  11. Thanks Wilma. They're a lovely plant; I've got loads in the garden, that seed each year and spread.

  12. The Blackcap and the Garden Warbler, fabulous shots Keith.

  13. Thanks Roy. They seem to be a bit more co-operative now.