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

Monday, 25 July 2011

Monday, and more sun

Another sunny morning to start.

The usual birds around today, tits, finches, sparrows,

 and warblers; and down at the far end of the south lake, a Little Egret, sharing a tree with a Heron, on the island.

A few butterflies around too, although not as many as this time last year.

A small party of Mistle Thrush flew overhead, a couple of Swifts, and a few House Martins; Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls diving into the water for fish, and Green Woodpeckers everywhere.

Plenty of birds about this 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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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  40


  1. You have more to look at than they do at Slimbridge. Brilliant

  2. Adrian, I love this place. And it's so underrated by the local birders. Their loss.

  3. A really good selection of wildlife there Keith. I'm surprised how fast the seed is going here this time of year. They usually slow down by now. Maybe the harsh Winter reduced the natural supply of food.
    We had a glorious sunny day yesterday but now it's back to dull and dismal.

  4. A gem of an oasis for wildlife you've got there Keith.

    Blackberry AND Apple pies now is it?.........Mmmmmm it just gets better. {;o)

  5. HI Keith...The butterflies where very lovely ..the Red Admiral we have here, and a real pretty one.
    One looks like it has a set of eyes on each wing..a little
    It sounds so nice to here all those birds sing away on your video...helps lift my mood this morning!!
    PS Will inform you later!!
    Hugs Grace

  6. A beautiful local paradise Keith...
    Best to keep it to yourself and let the local birders miss out elsewhere.

  7. Thanks John. The birds have had a successful breeding season this year, so plenty of extra mouths to feed now.

    The place is pretty much self sufficient Trevor lol

    Thanks Grace. Hope you're well :-)

    It's a great place Andrew. I'm glad in a way that it doesn't get busy.

  8. Its a little piece of heaven!! SO Much activity!! SO you got wet in the long grass...those butterflies are hard to get a lense on sometimes!!
    Those small apples would make good jelly! Some people are just nasty....I see McDonalds trash in all that.
    Have a great Evening!!

  9. Thanks Sondra. It's a great place to escape to for a few hours.

  10. Thank you Bob.
    They've been very successful around here this year.