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

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

May 3rd

Booked a day off work today. This will probably be my last post from the lake this week.

A light frost first thing in the morning, but soon gave way to another sunny day. And no mess round the lake, after yesterday's bank holiday. A pair of Mallards were waiting for some food, as I got out of the car, along with some Wood Pigeons. One of them was a young one; he hadn't got his white collar yet.

The squirrel has trashed the nut feeder again. Chewed the plastic top off, to get to the nuts. I'll have to buy a sturdier one.

The south lake had 3 Black Terns again, and a few Swallows skimming over the water; and the north lake had 3 Common Terns, and a few Swallows. The Oystercatcher was in front of the pub, foraging  in the grass, along with the Canada and Greylag Geese; and a few goslings wandering around, enjoying the peace and quiet, and sunshine.

A lone Heron flew overhead, along with a Sparrowhawk, that seemed in no particular hurry.
I watched a Blackbird flicking through the leaf litter, searching for any tasty morsels; and another Blackbird was wrestling with a large strip of paper. Probably make use of that in his nest.

A Whitethroat was calling from some bushes, and eventually showed himself briefly; and a Blackcap spent some time flying from tree to tree, before eventually stopping long enough for a picture.

An enjoyable morning.


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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Black Tern [sp] (Chlidonias niger)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. Hi reading your posts and hearing in your voice ...your words that are so descriptive I can visualize everything!! : }
    Good luck with those Squirrels, I think they carry a tool kit with them hahaha!!
    Goslings are so cute...Mallard a constant source of entertainment!!lol
    So happy you had a lovely morning...♥ and Hugs!!

  2. Thanks grammie. Those squirrels are pretty resourceful at times. lol

  3. Superb video, one of your best. Take care.

  4. Thanks Adrian. I've been having a play with the various video saving formats. Not sure what I'm doing yet though; don't understand the various formats properly.

  5. Cute goslings and great Blackcap pictures Keith.

    I'm glad to see that the Blackbird is playing it's part in keeping the lake tidy, must have seen the local paper! lol.

  6. Thanks Trevor. That Blackbird wrestled with the rubbish for ages, before taking it away. I should have filmed it, but it was so good to just watch lol

  7. Beautiful photos of the goslings and the Blackcaps Keith!

    A very enjoyable video and so good to hear and see that there has been no further littering.

  8. Thanks Jan. I must admit, I was a little surprised that there wasn't any rubbish. :)

  9. Hi Keith..Sorry Im late getting around, been a bad week for me--lots of BS going on with my soon to be X--drama I dont want or need. YOUR birds are beautiful as always---glad you are getting a day off...Birds are very lucky seeing that one gathering nesting material makes me realize how FREE they are to build and go--

  10. Thanks Sondra.
    Hope you get things sorted out soon. The freedom of a bird must be a wonderful thing.