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

Sunday, 1 May 2011

May Day

Another sunny day; and a good one again.

Topped up the feeders, and left some seed, and then made my way round the north  lake first. A few Reed Warblers calling as I wandered round, and I found the Mallard with the ducklings. She's lost one more since yesterday, so now down to 4.
Further round the lake, I found a Common Sandpiper, bobbing along the edge. I later found a group of 4, so maybe 5 in total.

The Oystercatcher is still foraging on the grass outside the pub, and I met Scott, who had come down to see it. We chatted a while, watched the Canada Geese and Greylag Geese with their respective goslings, and then I made my way to the south lake.

Black ones!

An amazing four Black Terns had me enthralled as they swooped and dived over the water. First time I've seen these here. A few Swifts joined in the air display,

and their numbers quickly swelled to about a dozen. Fantastic to watch, and to try and get some pictures. There was even a Sand Martin joined in the action.

No sign of the Lesser Whitethroat, but that didn't matter; the Black Terns were a treat on their own.

I made my way back to the car park, watching the Terns and Swifts along the way.
The Common Gull looked content on the island, and then 4 Common Sandpipers flew low over the water, and settled on the island. 

Lots of flying activity from the Mallards too.

Back at the car park, I decided to try and have a look for the Garden Warbler.
A battle through the bushes, and I was successful, but only a brief glimpse, before he dived for cover.
I should be a bit more careful when I battle through the undergrowth; or pop the lens cap on, I seemed to have picked up a few more marks on the lens of the new camera. Bugger!

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 Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

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)

Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)

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)

Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)

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 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)

European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  44


  1. Hi Keith, a very enjoyable catch up with yesterday's video and this one. The Terns were a treat! I wonder if the pub customers realise what wonders there are to be seen just a short distance from them. Would they recognise an Oystercatcher, I wonder?

    So glad the injured gull is still surviving but a shame about the Mallard ducklings, I hope the remaining ones do well.

  2. Thanks Jan. I think most of the visitors to the area, are totally oblivious to what is there. Even some of the local birders can't be bothered to visit; probably not enough easy 'list ticking' material for them.

  3. I appreciate the Black Tern, Also the Swift but the Mallard is a real belter. The Goslings are great............I just love this time of year. It doesn't seem two minutes since we were snowed in.

  4. Excellent video tours of the lakes in the last two posts Keith.
    It's great to see all the local inhabitants (wildlife wise) are doing well with lots of new families emerging, and some new 'ticks' to boot, especialy the Black Terns.

  5. Thanks Adrian. Had a great couple of days at the lake.
    Back to work tomorrow :(

    Cheers Trevor. The Black Terns were amazing to see.

  6. I'd recommend a skylight filter for the front of your lens, Keith. Cheaper to replace!

  7. Hi Keith...another fine day..aren't those ducklings and gosling ever adorable, I hate the chain of life sometimes,but I guess that's the way it is... everything has to eat!!
    Mighty good moving there keeping up with the Black Terns flying about!
    Be more careful when you are bushwhacking about, you may have more than damage to you
    ♥ and Hugs

  8. Black!! Sure sorry about the ducklings....have to wonder how any survive they are so vulnerable--
    Great mallard in flight--

  9. Graeme, I fear it's a bit too late for that now lol
    Maybe time for a new video camera?

    Thanks grammie. It was pretty hard going through the undergrowth; but that's where the best stuff is usually. I must be more careful though. ;)

    Thanks Sondra. I had a lot of fun trying to get flight shots today.

  10. Great to see the Swifts arriving.
    Not seen one yet this year.
    Loads of Mergansers at Derwentwater in the lakes but very hard to get an decent image of.

  11. Ill be down there tomorrow for a bit longer hopefully get some good shot's, maybe even get to see the black tern never seen one before :)

  12. Hi Keith,

    just catching up after being out of town for a while. You made that mallard look almost aerodymamic! Great shots.


  13. Andrew, the Swifts have only just started to arrive here in the last couple of days. I reckon they'll be with you soon.

    Scott, they were over the south lake, near the middle. Difficult for pictures, but worth watching.

    Thanks Wilma. They were very obliging, gliding around in the sun.

  14. Wow. Black Terns, that was a lucky find Keith.

  15. Cheers Roy. Yea, I was over the moon with those :)