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

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Sunday 8th May

The morning started wet.

Very wet. Heavy overnight rain, but the sun pushed it's way through later.
A pair of Mallards were waiting by the car park when I arrived, and they were quickly joined by another pair, once the food came out.
The seed feeders hadn't gone down much since yesterday, so I'm thinking the birds are getting more natural food now.

It was my first full visit this week, so I started off at the north lake.
Common Terns flying around, I counted 5 eventually, and a couple of Black-headed Gulls were with them too.

The Canada and Greylag Geese up by the pub, were proudly showing off their goslings,

and a few families of Coots were about too.

Around the south lake, were more young families; and plenty of warblers.

 Reed warbler

Reed, Sedge, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow and Chiffchaff, were all in fine voice.

The Blue Tit that has nested in the lifebelt housing, now has some young babies, judging by the noise one of the adults was making as I walked too near the 'nest'.
A beak full of caterpillars was a bit of a giveaway as well.
I didn't hang around to take pictures; I just moved on and left them to it.

A few Swallows skimmed over the water, along with a few Sand Martins, and half a dozen Swifts were screaming overhead.

The boats were out, the joggers were out, and even the sun started to come out.

Time for me to go.

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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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  40


  1. Great video today, it's really lovely to see the goslings, ducklings, cootlings. it looks as if your e-mails and photos to the paper have rattled a cage or three. The place really has polished up well. have a good day tomorrow.

  2. Thanks Adrian.
    I've noticed the place has been a bit tidier lately. Maybe the e-mails did work after all :)

  3. Yes, I agree with Adrian, it could well be that your emails etc. had an effect, well done Keith :) I had a little moan about the empty feeders at Draycote and suddenly they have been filled after getting on for 12 months I think! Probably nothing whatsoever to do with what I said but at least they have been filled :)

    Thoroughly enjoyable video and so lovely to see all those babies Keith. What a wonderful time of year it is!

    It sounds like we shared the same weather last night and today.

  4. Great video Keith, Nice to see nature just getting on and doing what nature does best. ;)

  5. Super baby's in your post...and the Reed Bunting!!

  6. Hi Keith probably don't know this but today is Mothers Day here in the states, and what a wonderful post to have done so appropriately without knowing that!!
    Mother water birds and there babies...and how darling they are!! Those little Coot babies are so cute...and the signets...wonderful!!
    It is also wonderful to here your voice again to!! Big Hugs ♥

  7. Thanks Jan. Maybe other people do read these blogs, and take notice?
    A visit to Draycote has to be on my list soon.

    Thanks Trevor. Hope it all performs as well later ;)

    Thanks Sondra :)

    Grammie, I didn't know that. Hope you had a great day :)

  8. You did us very proudly, the Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers were many. Brilliant photos.

  9. Thanks Bob. It's always a great visit round here.

  10. Sounds like you had a great day, and always wow for the list. The Canada geese starting to have goslings too, see how it turns out, as the population increased over couple of years. Thanks for sharing your day, and as always hope all is well. Anna :)

  11. Anna, thank you. It's always a good day at the lake. I could easily spend all my time here :)

  12. Thanks Anna. It's a great local lake for me.
    Hope your weekend is a good one.