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Friday, 27 May 2011

More babies

A brief visit this morning; work later.

As I got out of the car, I was amazed to see so many Mallards waiting around by the car park. Four pairs! Probably more than what is on the lake.

The feeders have attracted lots of young Great Tits

 and Blue Tits, all being busily fed by their parents. 

So good to see so many juvenile birds around. I think this year has been a good breeding year for most of the birds.

Over on Cormorant island the Oystercatcher was wandering around, and had a minor confrontation with a female Tufted Duck, that was sitting..........or maybe nesting?
She certainly wasn't going to move.

The Mute Swans were swimming by the pub, with their 7 cygnets, the grass was full of noisy Starlings, and the sky was full of screaming Swifts.

A lovely morning, despite the dull, grey clouds.

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)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  24


  1. Those feeders certainly bring in the birds Keith,nice to see all the youngsters are being well fed. :o)
    And those Mallards know when they're onto a good thing as well. In fact it's so good there even the Tufties don't want to leave! lol.

  2. I was lovely to see the youngsters being fed. It does seem to have been a good breeding season.
    The local Starlings seem to dump their offspring here and then, once they have emptied the feeders, nip back and forth between here and the cricket field to fetch food.

  3. Lovely photos again and an entertaining video Keith. I think the thing I enjoyed most was all the bird noise, really lovely :)

    Nice to see the Swan with her brood as well.

  4. Great To see so many babies around eh? Here they are busy in the trees begging for food--love your photos.

  5. A croc wouldn't have looked out of place in that dark swampy looking spot;-)

  6. Yes I have seen quite a number of young Blue Tits Keith, must be a good year.

  7. Thanks Trevor. Yea, there seems to be a lot more birds around the footbridge at the moment.

    John, the Starling are similar here, in my garden. Arrive in droves, then nip off for a while.

    Thanks Jan. The birdsong is great to hear in the mornings.

    Thanks Sondra. I love this time of year :)

    Debbie, that little area is quite a moody spot, and no-one else seems to go there. Used to be a Kingfisher hunt that stretch, but I've not seen it since the winter.

    Thanks Roy. A baby boomer year ;)