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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Then there were two

Two Common Tern chicks today.

The female Mallards were at the car park again this morning; I think they know when I'm coming. Fed them, and then walked round by the pub, on the north lake. I wanted to see if the Oystercatcher was around, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull.

On the way, there were quite a few Garden Warblers and Blackcaps calling from the bushes,

(Female Blackcap........she has a brown cap.)

along with a very vocal Blackbird, singing his morning song for all he was worth. Early mornings; definitely the best time of the day.

The Oystercatcher and the Lesser Black-backed Gull are both early arrivals to the grass at the front of the pub, and both were there on cue.

(Lesser Black-backed Gull)

A few pictures, and then I made my way through the numerous geese and goslings, to look in on the Common Terns.

(Greylag Goose and goslings)

Two young chicks were visible this morning. They were up and about, and stretching their wings.

There were plenty of Swifts screaming overhead, a couple of Sand Martins with them, and Swallows swooping low over the grass bank, and water.
I spent a while trying to get some pictures, but my goodness, they're fast, and practically impossible to second guess the route they will take, as they bank and turn.
A lot of fun trying though; and that's what it is

Walking back past the pub, a couple of Grey Wagtails joined the half dozen or more Pied Wagtails and Starlings, that were mixing with all the geese.

I had a quick look over at Cormorant island, and found the Common Gull taking a swim, heading my way. I had a crust of bread in my pocket, and quickly tempted him nearer; and managed a few pictures.

He's certainly looking healthy, despite his busted wing. A couple of times I've seen him on the island flapping both wings, and running forward. Never got airborne yet, but who knows. One day?

Another excellent 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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)

Total species  34


  1. OH those tern chicks are the cutest yet! Awesome Saturday for you by the looks of your photos!!

  2. Great shots of the young Tern Keith.

  3. A very enjoyable post Keith. I particularly enjoyed the Garden Warbler and Blackcap songs.

    The Oystercatcher made me smile, it was scurrying round at a real rate of knots :)

    I do feel sorry for the gull but happily it does seem to be a survivor, it would be great if it was eventually able to fly again.

    Good to see the Tern chicks and a lovely photo of the Blackcap.

  4. Thanks Sondra. Yea, it was a great morning.

    Thanks Roy. I'm really pleased they've been successful here.

    Thanks Jan. The gull goes from strength to strength. This morning he was in the air for a few seconds!