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
 

10 comments:

  1. Hi Keith...love 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!!

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

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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

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  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.

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

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  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--

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

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