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

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Baby Day

As I stepped from the car this morning, I could hear the sounds of Blue Tits close by.

Up high in the tree, in front of me, were half a dozen juvenile Blue Tits, and by the looks of them, recently left their nest.

And in the same tree, just a few inches away, were a couple of juvenile Goldfinches.

I topped up the feeders, and found two young Song Thrushes hopping along the footbridge. So many baby birds this morning; I began to wonder if they'd all fledged overnight.

I topped up the footbridge, and almost immediately Greenfinches joined the Goldfinches on the sunflower feeder...........and baby Greenfinches too.

I've got work later today, and a busy week ahead, but I was determined to see as much as I could around the lake today.

A female Mallard was showing off her youngsters,

and further round the north lake, a pair of Mute Swans were closely guarding their only cygnet.

Up by the pub, the grass was full of noisy Starlings; young ones calling out to be fed by their parents, and the Greylag and Canada Geese were keeping watchful eyes on their respective gosling's.

More young Song Thrushes were around, as I made my way round the south lake. Swifts were screaming overhead, and flashing past my head, as I walked the edge of the lake.

Down near the bottom end, I stopped to watch a party of young Long Tailed Tits, as they huddled together, chattering away, and further round by the offices, a group of young Great Tits and the adults were carefully working their way through the trees and bushes, searching for food.

At the island I searched for the Common Gull, and eventually found him.

 A heavy crop, but good to see he is doing so well.

Before the video, one last look at some contended cygnets


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)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. Another grand post......a great morning.

  2. Thanks Adrian.
    Hope you're well my friend.

  3. That’s a beautiful baby album you’ve got there Keith. ;o) It's wonderful to see all that new life.

  4. So many babies and all so sweet :)

    Lovely photos. The Blue Tit and Goldfinches definitely look like they were newly emerged from their nests.

    Poor gull, I do feel sorry for him but at least he seems to be in a reasonably safe place.

    I am guessing work is even more of a chore at the moment Keith, try and keep your chin up!

  5. Definitely that Awwww time of year Keith. You don't have to tell em about the noise of young Starlings clamouring to be fed ;) They hang around all day here - pure bedlam.

  6. A beautiful day for all of those babies, brilliant photos.

  7. Thanks Trevor. The young birds seemed to be everywhere.

    Thanks Jan. It's great to see the gull looking so well.
    Work is a bit hectic at times; I'll be glad when it's all over in a way.

    John, the Starlings must be one of the most vocal birds going lol

    Thanks Bob. They really put a smile on my face.

  8. The old Gull is still hanging in there then Keith.

  9. Aww so good to see the babies are surviving and growing ---that makes me smile!! Great photos Keith--

  10. Now that's quite a handful of babies,Keith,so nice seeing some of them!

  11. It amazes me Roy, just how well the gull is doing. At times he flaps both wings, and looks as though he will get airborne.

    Thanks Sondra. There are plenty around. They seem to be in every bush, calling.

    Thanks Amila. It's a great time of year.