Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Last day of July

And it was sunny.

An enjoyable walk round the lake this morning, spoilt only by the inconsideration of a few people.
Litter, in the shape of plastic cups, left lying around part of the north lake; presumably from the jogging race yesterday, and some idiot that pitched a tent across the footpath, on the south lake, and decided to fish in a none fishing area.

One word; twat.

But the birds. Well, the three Oystercatchers were round the pub, along with Starlings, Pied Wagtails, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gulls, Mallards, Coots and Herons. A busy stretch just there.

Common Terns were busily fishing, along with Cormorants, that seem to be increasing in numbers now.

A Sparrowhawk glided past me down at the top end, by the weir, giving me a superb view of his markings, right down to the barred tail. Shortly after his fly pass, a Kingfisher flew by also, shining in the sunlight.

At the bottom end of the south lake, by the footbridge that crosses the river, the warblers continued to make some great appearances. Reed Warbler,
Willow Warbler,

Whitethroat and Blackcap were all in evidence, along with Robins, Great and Blue Tits, a couple of Song Thrushes, and a party of Long Tailed Tits.

On Cormorant island, the Common Gull is still doing well. I watched as he ran along the shore at one point, and launched himself into the water, for a quick swim. Wings flapping, and I'm sure he got some lift and forward movement.

Another great morning; apart from the idiot fisherman.


Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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 Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. Hi Kieth...It is nice to see the common gull is still about and doing well for himself!!
    the Indian Balsom is a lovely sight even if people thing it is worse than those of the human race that thing the world is there playground,and others will pick up after them!!
    Got the camping

  2. Grace, the gull seems to be going from strength to strength. :-)
    I think the guy in the tent thought it was his own private lake.

  3. Another excellent 'guided tour' Keith.
    How about swapping one of the pallets, sorry I mean hides, for the fishermans tent I'm sure it would serve the purpose much better!

    Mmmmmm...sloe gin,can I come to the tasting? lol.

  4. We have the occasional IQ zero here but you seem to have discovered one with a negative IQ, hopefully a rare non breeding variety.

  5. Cheers Trevor. Those 'hides' are a bit feeble aren't they.

    John, I couldn't believe what I'd seen. Common sense seems to have deserted the person.

  6. The idiot with the tent, I can't think of a worse place to pitch one. The fish probably had to loan him a brain cell just to keep up.
    I note from the Portland Bird Observatory Keith, that WIllow Warblers and the like are already moving South, perhaps they know something we don't.

  7. Well of all the nerve?
    super shot of the willow warbler!!

  8. Roy, it makes me wonder how some of these people reach the age they do; and they can vote too.......a scary thought.
    I hope that early migration isn't a bad sign. :-(

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, some people drive ya crazy!

  9. I would have driven my buggy right though the tent. But it has been a good day for you, plenty of Common Terns, oh, I think that their diving is tremendous.

  10. My gripe today Keith is dog walkers...
    They pick up the crap... bag it... then as soon as nobodys looking chuck it.
    So frustrating.

  11. A great idea Bob lol
    I just hope, for once, that a load of cyclists or joggers came through later.

    Andrew, have to agree on that one. Especially when you see the coloured bags hanging from trees and bushes like Christmas decorations. What on earth are some of these people thinking.