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

Friday, 10 June 2011

Common Tern chicks

More juveniles this morning; this time the turn of the Common Terns.

The 5 female Mallards greeted me this morning, at the car park, and were patiently waiting for some food. A couple of Crows, Magpies and Blackbirds, soon joined them; and up above the Swifts were getting their own food, as they screamed overhead, catching the flying insects.

At the footbridge were Great and Blue Tits, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, and a female Bullfinch collecting nesting material.

I walked round the north lake, by the pub, and got a few pictures of some obliging Pied Wagtails.

Plenty of Starlings too, probing the grass, in search of worms; and goslings from the families of geese seemed to be everywhere.

I got round to where the Common Terns are nesting, on one of the old boats left out in the lake, and finally found a young one.

 A poor picture, but it's the spotty blob in front of the adult.

There were plenty of grebes out on the water, with their young; Coots, Swans and Moorhens, and more Swifts flying overhead.

Another 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)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


  1. Lovely images. The Pied Wagtail is a particularly fine shot.

  2. Thanks Tim. I was very pleased with the ones I got of him this morning.

  3. King of the wagtails.........most everything else come to think.

  4. COOL that you found the tern chick--Great shots Keith!

  5. Thanks Adrian. Some days I get lucky :-)

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, always good to find successful breeding birds. :-)

  6. The Common Tern and beautiful chick are the favourite that I can see. Beautiful.

  7. Thanks Bob. I was very pleased to see that little one. :-)

  8. Excellent post Keith. Love the video of the Coots on the ladder.

  9. Thanks Trevor. Those Coots seem quite happy there; they're not bothering to move very far at the moment.