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

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Wet Saturday

 A wet start to the weekend, after a week of pretty good weather.

Plenty of birds around the feeders, and lots of young ones too. No sign of the young Common Tern though. Maybe he has moved on now.

Plenty of Pied Wagtails up by the pub, along with the Oystercatcher, and masses of purple flowers in the grass,


Cygnets galore, families of Coots and Mallards, and Sand Martins skimming over the water. Quite a busy morning.

I'm busy later; a new hard drive for the computer, so I'll be offline for a bit, whilst I sort the computer out again.


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)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
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  38


  1. We are supposed to be in a heat sign here either.
    Good luck with the hard drive.
    Video impressive as ever. Thanks.

  2. Computer user has so many things he/she to do, why do we do it? To communicate with each other. Nice pictures.

  3. Hi Keith...We have that little purple plant here....just last week I said to myself "I have seen that all my life and never have looked to find a name for it", and look at are getting ahead of me I best get studied up on my botany ; }
    Sorry about your rainy day, but would it make you feel better if I said it has rained here for 3 days one more to go...with cooltemps. 55 to 60F.burrr...isn't this summer???
    Inspite of the rain you video looked and sounded great( always love hearing that voice)!!!

  4. Lovely to see the Thrush again and all the juveniles, Robins look just as pretty when they are young as they do when adult I think.

    It was a shame the weather wasn't better for you. It has been dull here for most of the day.

    Your feeding station is very popular, I hope you manage to get a discount on the bird food soon ;)

    I thought you had only recently had a new computer, surely not more probs!

  5. Really enjoyed the birds at the lake today. Very cute flower up top...Hope that rain clears out!!

  6. Thanks Adrian.
    The sun finally showed itself about 10 a.m. this morning.

    Thanks Bob. Yea, always seems to be something to do.

    Thanks Grace. I need to brush up on my botany too ;-)

    Thanks Jan. I think I've found somewhere local for a bird seed discount; just need to get a job now lol
    The computer, hmmmm. I managed to fill up the hard drive that was just for the operating system and programmes, so I got a much bigger one. It should outlast me :-)

    Thanks Sondra. It's a lovely little flower, and it covers some areas of grass round here.