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

Friday, 22 July 2011

Fabulous Friday

What a day. Sunshine, birds, butterflies and a couple of dragons.

It was so good I walked the lake twice.

The feeders and the bridge were popular; an amazing variety of birds visiting this little spot now; and as I left, a Buzzard was soaring overhead.

The three Oystercatchers were outside the pub, in their usual place, digging for worms.

Good numbers of Black-headed Gulls on the boat jetty, and the lone Lesser Black-backed Gull is still around.
Mallards, families of Mute Swans, Grey Herons, and more geese than I count. Common Terns diving into the water for fish, and Reed Warblers, Whitethroat and Blackcap calling from the shrubbery around the lake.
So much right on my doorstep.

I spent some time watching the Canada Geese bathing up by the weir. They all seemed to be gathering there, and just splashing around, and rolling over in the water. Fascinating to watch.

Quite a few butterflies about this morning too. The sun must have brought them out.
Large White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, and Speckled Wood. So good to see so many about at long last.

Another welcome sight was a Brown Hawker, working the bushes; but too quick for a picture, and a very obliging Emperor Dragonfly, who was content to just settle in the grass, and enjoy the sun.

A couple of Blackbirds were enjoying the sun too, as I walked around the north lake.


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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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)

Total species  41


  1. Ho Keith...a faboulous Friday indeed!!
    How great that you had a glorious day like much to see, and your video did just that 1
    I enjoyed it so much... especially liked the the dragonfly and the butterflies, and the feeding geese in the tall grass..wonderful scene!!
    I had to laugh when the Mallard upstaged the Oystercatcher by walking right in front of him LOL
    Right now I wish I was on of those Geese swimming and diving in that is 92 degrees not even noon yet!!
    Sweaty Hugs lol

  2. Great video Keith. Everything seemed pretty relaxed there this morning.

  3. Thanks Grace. That Mallard walking past the Oystercatcher made me smile at the time. lol
    We're back to rain now. Could do with some more sun.

    Thanks Trevor. It was a great visit; first proper one for a while.

  4. You were lucky to have a sunny day, we didn't. Nice sight of some Oystercatchers.

  5. It was a lovely morning Bob. The rain has returned now though.

  6. Glad to see you had a lovely morning... hopefully better weather is on the way.

  7. Hope so Andrew; I've got a few days off work now. :-)

  8. OH that top shot has ALL sorts of waterfowl and more in it--TOPS!!
    Love those eyes omg--super macro.

  9. Thanks Sondra. The dragonfly was a very patient subject :-)

  10. Glad somebody is finding some sunshine lately. Really cool and dull here recently. Nice shots of the dragon and peacock flutter.

  11. Cheers John. The sun has deserted now; back to dull and cloudy :-)

  12. superberb dragonfly video. Good to see a good day at last.

  13. Thanks Adrian. The sun shone, and no work to do; perfect.