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, 19 June 2011

Sunday, 19th June

A sunny start to the day, and the birds were in fine voice.

A Song Thrush was singing from his usual vantage point by the feeders, and dueting with a nearby Blackbird. A Blackcap joined in, and a distant Garden Warbler seemed as though he was the chorus. A symphony of sound this morning.

Around the lake, there were plenty of Canada and Greylag Geese, along with their respective youngsters.
An adult Crow was being harassed by a couple of his offspring, begging for food, but for the most part he ignored their cries. The Grebe families were out in force, and on the old boat, that the Common Terns have made their own, the single chick seems to be doing well.
Along by the weir, it was good to see a Kingfisher flash past. Seems he's back to his favourite spot.

I took both cameras out today, the usual set up of zoom lens on one, and macro on the other. Today's efforts are all with the macro.

The grass verge along part of the north lake, is a good place to find Marbled White butterflies, and I wasn't disappointed.

 Along this stretch, Swallows were skimming the tops of the grass, looking for insects; and I found some Small Skipper,

 and Meadow Brown.

Further round by the pub, there were even more geese, a Heron doing his best statue impression, and about a dozen Pied Wagtails; mostly juveniles. It's been a good year for them.

Onto the south lake, and more Swifts, Swallows and Sand Martins skimming the water, and the grass bank.
Reed Buntings in the reeds, along with Reed Warblers, and Sedge Warblers. From the bushes Chiffchaff and Whitethroat, and the occasional Willow Warbler; but he remained out of sight. Not so the Blackcaps and Garden Warblers. They were very showy.

Up by the trees, that were recently covered in caterpillars, there are now masses of moths.

 Bird Cherry Ermine Moth. Hundreds in the trees, being snapped up by various birds, and as many covering the ground below.

Back by the car park, a walk through the long grass, in search of Damselflies.

 Common Blue

A fantastic morning.

As I left, I stopped off at one of the roundabouts on the way home. Something the local council have been doing for the last few years is plant up some verges and roundabouts with a selection of cultivated and wild flowers. They look stunning.


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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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  45


  1. What a beautiful set of photos Keith !
    Love your macros ! Great work :)

  2. Thank you Pescalune. Appreciate that :-)

  3. Brilliant Keith...........never ceases to amaze me how many birds flock to Milton Keynes.

  4. Thanks Adrian. This lake is amazing. It always produces plenty of birds, no matter what.

  5. Lovely photos again Keith. The wild flowers must look stunning, your photos of them certainly are, I haven't forgotten the ones you took last year either.

    Great video. The parent Crow didn't seem at all impressed by the youngsters, I think it was wondering when they were going to go off and fend for themselves :)

    Butterflies! I seem to remember them ;) please send some this way! The Marbled Whites are lovely, I haven't seen many of them and needless to say, none this year so far.

  6. Thank you Jan. I've been processing the rest of the flowers I took, and I'm very pleased with some of them. :-)

    That Crow made me smile; no matter what the young ones did, he completely ignored them, apart from one instance, as I stopped filming, he had a go at one of them.
    The butterflies have been fairly scarce here too, along with dragonflies.

  7. Awesome work with the macro Keith!! Looks like a beautiful day at the lake for you-

  8. Hi Keith...The photo of the flowers are gorgeous...loved them...just for me right ~ haha!!
    The Marbled White is lovely...
    Got a big kick out the Crow family..those kids are real brats! lol
    Always love your videos...I get to hear your voice!! Hugs!!

  9. Thank you Sondra. Having to get used to the macro again, and not easy without a tripod. lol

    Thanks grammie. I thought you'd enjoy the flowers; I've got tons more, enough for a post on their own ;-)

  10. Wow, nice Marbled White Keith.

  11. Thanks Roy. Got a few of these about at the lake.