Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.


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

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Another Wednesday

A cloudy morning, but a few birds about. The feeders by the footbridge had taken a hammering; the local squirrel I think, judging by the damage.

Around the north lake were some makeshift distance signs; I guess we have a race or marathon happening this weekend. Boats, joggers, and the kids off school; I think I'll give this place a miss over the weekend during the day.

The various swan families were out on the water, along with the geese, 

and a few Common Terns, which seemed to be having more luck fishing, than the local fishermen.

Plenty of Black-headed Gulls up by the pub, along with the Lesser Black-backed Gull; but no sign of the Oystercatchers.

Around the south lake, there were plenty of juvenile Reed Warblers calling from the reeds, and a few Sedge Warblers too.

By the rowing club, I found a Mute Swan with a coloured ring, that has been around for a while, and paired up with another swan, and produced four cygnets. They lost one recently, but the remaining three are doing well.

A little history that I got through the ring number recently, tells me that he's 11 years old, and was first ringed in November 2005, at Bedford Embankment.
He was next reported at Willen Lake, in Milton Keynes, in August 2008, and then by me, in June, this year, here.
From Bedford to here, is about 15 miles, so he's not travelled very far.

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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)

Total species  37


  1. I think you need a bird seed sponsor Keith.

    I guess that Swan got as far as Caldecotte and decided it was a good place to be!

    What time does the race start? I'll come and cheer you on.....What? you mean you havent entered yet. Lol.

  2. I thought of putting a collection tin on the bridge; but some bugger would nick it lol
    Hmmmm, I'll give the race a miss I think Trevor ;-)

  3. HI Keith...wonderful video this morning...especially liked the part with the Canada Geese amonst theflowers...also like the flowers Forget-Me-not are a nice blue and I'm not so sure I like the name of the yellow ones lol Any history on the reason for that name?? lol

  4. Thanks Grace.
    Well apparently the yellow flowers, Lady's Bedstraw, got its common name from a Christian legend that claims it was part of the bedding used in the manger in which Jesus lay. The plant has been used as stuffing in pillows and mattresses, particularly for women about to give birth, as it was believed to ensure a safe and easy childbirth. This belief is probably based in the properties of the plant, as its coumarin scent is said to repel insects and fleas. It has also been used to combat sleeplessness.

  5. I'm having the devils own job with blogger today.
    Thanks for the flower ID it's much better both with birds and flowers to have your video and the chatter it seems to sink in better.

  6. Thanks Adrian.
    Maybe I should do a video of the out-takes. Now that might be interesting; and probably carry a warning :-)

  7. Oh dear, the squirrels have been at it again. It was the Mute Swan since it put on ring in 2005, I am pleased.

  8. HI Keith...thanks for the information on the yellow flower...I like it now. : }}}}
    Wanted to say I also like your header...that photo is precious!!

  9. I dont think the Mutes travel too far Keith.

  10. That picture deserves to be your header for a good while its sensational....

  11. WOW you will need a second job soon--seed is very expensive these days...Tomorrow we have to buy another bag we buy the 25lb bags its cheaper in the long run..

    YEA the squirrels are partly to blame for running up that seed bill!! Sorry to hear the swans are missing one young thats too bad!

  12. Thanks Bob. The squirrels certainly cause some damage in their efforts to get the seed.

    Thanks Grace. I had a feeling you'd change your mind about the flower lol

    I think you're right Roy. Considering their size, they're quite lazy lol

    Thank you Debs. I think I'll keep it for a while. :-)

    Sondra, I've been getting a deal from a local pet store on 50lb sacks, but it doesn't seem to last long. I'll have to cut down on the food I think.