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

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Busy at the Feeders

A dull start to the morning, but it was soon brightened by all the birds at the feeders.

Juveniles of Blue Tits, Great Tits, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch; no wonder the seed doesn't seem to last very long at the moment. A half coconut of fat and seed goes in a day now. It's great to watch them though, as they go from feeder to feeder, and chase each other around.

A full walk around the lake today; my first this week, because of work in the mornings. It made a change from just stopping off to top up the feeders.

A small group of Poppies caught my eye as I wandered the north lake.

There were plenty of young Canada Geese lazing around on the grassy banks; the adult birds keeping a watchful eye over them.
Up by the weir, an old boat has been taken over by some Common Terns, which seem to be nesting there. I watched as one of the birds flew in with a fish, and passed it to a female; presumably sitting on some eggs.

A few Whitethroat were calling from the bushes, as I made my way round the edge of the lake, towards where I'd found the Bee Orchid. A phone call in the week, to the Parks Trust to let them know where they were,  and to hopefully halt the grass cutting there for a while, was successful. I counted 11 plants, still blooming.

On to the south lake, and an Orchid of a different sort.

A few of these growing at the far end of the south lake. I wonder how many people who walk round the lake, know there are Orchids growing here?

A couple of Skylarks were singing down by the railway arch, and a lone Stock Dove flew overhead. Close to the car park, I watched as a Great Crested Grebe made short work of his lunch.

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)
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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Stock Pigeon [oenas] (Columba oenas oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sky Lark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  36


  1. That's a grand set of photos, Keith. I can feel the breeze though the poppies and I've never seen GCGs with crayfish. Wow!

  2. Thanks Graeme. The Grebe managed a good meal from that crayfish ;-)

  3. Great header Keith. That Orchid is my favourite and Great Crested Grebe eating or is it, making a line to it's offsprings.

  4. WOW thats a huge mouthful for the Grebe--Love the Poppies such a nice scarlet color!!

  5. Thanks Bob. I was pleased with that header picture.
    The Grebe managed to eat that crayfish himself eventually.

    Thank you Sondra. I saw a couple of Grebes eating these today. Must be a few in the lake.

  6. A very enjoyable visit Keith. Lovely to see the youngsters, I wonder if the Canada Goose parents take it in turns to keep guard when they are in groups.

    Good to hear your phone call paid off, it would have been awful if they had mown them down.

    Great photo of the GCG with its lunch :)

  7. Thanks Jan. It just gets better each time I visit here.
    The geese always have one or two lookouts. I guess it's the males that take that responsibility.