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

Monday, 18 July 2011

A quick Monday visit

Dull, cloudy, spitting with rain; but still a good mornings visit.

I just walked the north lake, but an interesting walk. A large flock of Mistle Thrush flew over the car park early, and later a single one sat on top of the windmill blades of the pub. Couldn't figure out what it was at first.

A Magpie was enjoying a tasty meal of a frog,

and a few young Herons are still around. A Little Egret flew over, and I managed a quick bit of video, before the wind blew my hair in my eyes, and made it impossible to see what I was doing.
Not getting it cut though.

A few Sand Martins still flying around, along with a few Swallows. I managed a couple of shots of one, as he rested on some reeds, blowing in the wind.

Two Sparrowhawks flew lazily overhead, plenty of geese on the grassy banks, and some good views of a Green Woodpecker, until he spotted me.

At the footbridge and feeders, lots of Chaffinch and Goldfinch, along with Blue and Great Tits, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, House Sparrow and Greenfinch.

Good to see so many different birds.


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)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)

Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)

Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

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)

Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)

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)

Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)

Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)

Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)

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)

Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. Nice birds. You were lucky, because any later, you would be soaked, rainy day!

  2. One of the best yet........Green Woodpecker,Swifts and a heron. The magpie is very's French......ours eat rôti de bœuf. I miss your posts so keep them coming.

  3. HI Keith...Your Green woodpecker looks somewhat like or Flicker...they feed in the same manner to!!
    The photos today are great I like the second one very much!!
    Very cute you and your hair comment hahaha!! ; }
    Got a chuckle out of you hiding Heron and the frog eating Magpie!!
    It could be freezing rain or snow you know is overcast here and 84F and very humid. yuck!!
    ♥ & Hugs Grace

  4. Another lovely visit Keith.
    I have only seen Green Woodpeckers in flight this year.
    Still raining up here also and feels like Autumn.

  5. That was about the fastest weekend known to man!! Im ready for another one myself--Great Monday Visit--more awesome photos and video!!

  6. Thanks Bob. Once I got to work, the rain had stopped lol

    Cheers Adrian. A quick visit today, but productive. I'll be glad when I can spend more time here.

    Thanks Grace. I think the snow will soon be with us, the way time seems to be racing by.

    Andrew, there are quite a few Woodpeckers around the lake; but very difficult to get close to.

    Sondra, totally agree. Time just goes so quickly.

  7. Keith, nice collection as always.
    Hey you can send some of that rain our way, its been about 2 weeks, hot and humid but no rain. Thanks for sharing again, and hope all is well. Anna :)