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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Oystercatchers and butterflies

I managed to get a day off today, so a few hours this morning walking the lake in sunshine. Perfect.

The feeders and footbridge, were very busy, once I'd left some seed. It always amazes me just how many birds are around this small area. Lots of House Sparrows now, joining the Chaffinches. A Magpie was trying to balance on the fat filled half coconut, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker had a few quick attempts at the peanuts.

Around the north lake were plenty of Great Crested Grebes, families of Mallards, Coots and swans; and up by the weir, two Kingfishers flying over the lake, and then disappearing along the river. Good to know there are at least two now.
Canada Geese and Greylag Geese were also out in force, with their respective young.

By the pub, three Oystercatchers, probing the grass for worms. I think one was the young one from the island; a family group out for breakfast.
Breakfast smelt good as it wafted from the pub too. Very tempting.

Onto the south lake, and I stopped to chat to a couple of people I've got to know since I've been visiting here.
In the long grass, plenty of butterflies; Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, and a stunning Small Copper.

Finally, as I made my way back to the car, a family of Mute Swans were enjoying the sun by the rowing club.

A lovely morning. Now I'm off to see my mum, so I'll catch up with you all later.


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)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41


  1. A very productive morning. Good to see the butterflies........there's a shortage around here. Odd the Kingfisher didn't come back they don't usually travel far.

  2. Super video Keith. It sure looked calm and peaceful there this morning, a great place to be. :)

    Do you think those geese are getting in before the "vandals"? lol.

  3. Hi happy you got a day of
    and a beauty of a morning it appears to be!!
    Loved the video ...a wonderful view of whats going on at the lake...babies still about and buttterflies too!
    Love that Oystercather!!
    Enjoy what's left of your day !!
    Hugs ...Grace

  4. Adrian, I think the Kingfishers were too busy playing 'chase me'; but good to know they are still around. The butterflies are pretty scarce here too, but this stretch of grass at the lake seems to still have them all.

    Thanks Trevor. It was a great morning. Yea, those geese did a much better job lol

    Thanks Grace. It was great to be able to spend some time here this morning :-)

  5. The swan family really are lovely and the Oystercatchers always make me smile the way they scuttle about :)

    I would agree the butterfly you mentioned was a Meadow Brown and the final one was a Small Copper.

    I just caught up with the previous post which was as enjoyable as always. I was so relieved that you shooed the cat away, that poor little mouse really did look petrified. I have what I think are Yellow-necked mice in the garden and they have their own feeder pushed into an old Clematis, they love the bird food :) Sometimes I come face to face with one sat in the mesh feeding tray when I go to fill it up...not sure which of us is the most taken back!

    Hope you had a good visit with your Mum.

  6. what a super trip at the lake Keith..the bridge is always productive!!looks very pleasant--love the butterflies too!
    Enjoy visiting your Mum!!

  7. Thanks Jan. Yea, I hope that little mouse managed to get away. The visit to my mums was good; she reckons I don't see her often enough though lol

    Thank you Sondra. That little bridge is always busy. :-)

  8. Do you use a 'steadycam' on your walkabout shots Keith. I could never keep a camera that steady while walking.

  9. John, the camera has image stabilisation. It works a treat for those walking around shots.

  10. Nice Greylags and chicks and the butterflies. I haven't seen or taken photos of the Small Copper this year.

  11. Thanks Bob.
    That was the first Small Copper I've seen this year.