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

Sunday, 26 June 2011


The morning started dull and cloudy.

The promise of sun didn't happen until I was about to leave the lake this morning. Oh well, never mind. Still have a lot to do on the computer, so just a very quick post today.

A stunning Bullfinch was one of the first birds I saw, as I got out of the car. More finches were on the feeders, along with Blue and Great Tits, and on the footbridge, it was good to see a few House Sparrows.

After walking the north lake, I searched the south lake for butterflies. There's an area of long grass and wild flowers that is usually a haven for them. I wasn't disappointed.
Marbled White,

Ringlet and Meadow Brown, were the most numerous; and lots of caterpillars of The Cinnabar moth, feasting on Ragwort.

There didn't seem the numbers of past years though. I think butterflies have had a tough time everywhere this year.

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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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  33


  1. Keith I'll catch the video tomorrow. Short of band width. The Bullfinch is a real beauty.

  2. Hi Keith...Marble White very pretty fellow.
    I got a laugh watching the Oystercather doing the fast walk across the ridge and you moved very well with him lol!!
    The other thing was the Swan's going around each other there a name to that dance??? lol
    I have seen more butterflies here then in a few years..the fields are just full of them of every size and color,but they move to fast lol!!
    Love the colors of that caterpillar...
    Hope everything goes well with your computer problems You do owe me an email :}}

  3. Thanks Adrian. Yea, that Bullfinch was really bright.

    Thanks Grace. That Oystercatcher is a quick mover when he wants to be.
    Got the long process of putting everything back on the computer now. Nearly there ;-)

  4. I too thought it was amusing to watch the Oystercatcher scuttling along :)

    Lovely Marbled White photo. That certainly is an ideal spot for flutters.

  5. Thanks Jan. That Oystercatcher always reminds me of the Roadrunner cartoon when I see him dash along like that lol

  6. Oyster catchers always seem to be in a hurry to be somewhere else ;)

    Never seen a Marbled White, quite an eye catcher.

  7. It was a good walk Keith!! Love the butterflies and Caterpillars too! the birds look and sound great in the Vid..

  8. Thanks John. The Marbled Whites's are quite striking, but always seem to be on the move.

    Thanks Sondra. It never disappointes walking round here.

  9. Another lovely stroll with you Keith... nice images and video

  10. Great video Keith, how you kept up with the Oystercatcher I don't know.
    I still haven't seen any Marbled Whites around yet.

  11. Thanks Andrew. I miss not being there for so long. Work is getting in the way at the moment.

    Thanks Roy. The Oystercatcher has a predictable flight here, (most of the time), when he's disturbed.
    Marbled White's are in plentiful supply here, in certain areas of the lake, and scarce in others.