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

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Quick visit this morning.

Work later, so just a quick visit.

The video at the end, has some of yesterdays footage at the beginning.

 One of yesterday's three Oystercatchers

I didn't get round to sorting the video yesterday; I don't seem to be coping with stuff very well at the moment.

Today was going to be a short visit anyway, and the rain soon made sure of that. Just a t-shirt on, so I was getting rather wet.

I've put another feeder up this morning; I'd like to have a few days away soon, so maybe the seed will last until I get back.

So, today's birds. The footbridge has a good population of House Sparrows at the moment; maybe the food has helped. Plenty of Chaffinches too, including lots of young ones.

Swifts over the tree tops by the car park, and plenty of geese out on the lake.

And that's about it for today.

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)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)

Total species  25


  1. Hi Keith...well that's quite the buffet variety your feathered friends have there!!
    I have one mixed seed feeder out and found out last night that the Skunk has been have midnight snacks under it!
    So what are you eating these days?? hahaha!!

  2. Sparrows are having a good year. Oyster Catchers two a penny.
    I'm where I am for a week diesel up and join the mad house.

  3. The Oystercatcher was a lucky find and in the video you caught the Egret. Really great.

  4. Well you silly bugger(your words not mine)that was a wonderful clip to view.
    I love seeing the Oystercatchers and feel so fortunate to have them on my Cheshire patch.

  5. Hi Keith..the Oystercatcher is awesome--and once again the footbridge doesnt let you down its full of chirpers!!
    HOPE you do get to take a few days and get away..IM SO ready for a trip myself- TO anywhere thats COOL!!

  6. Grace, they certainly have a variety of food lol

    Adrian, thanks. I'd love to come up, but at the moment, a little work happening, and no time off yet.

    Thanks Bob. The Little Egret was a surprise visitor.

    Thanks Andrew. Yea, I'm a right silly bugger at times lol
    Hope your camera woes are soon sorted.

    Thanks Sondra. That footbridge is a real hive of activity.

  7. Don't forget to feed yourself as well as the birds Keith. Fortunately there seems to be plenty of natural food about now so a few days having to find their own food won't hurt - stop them from getting too fat to fly lol.

  8. Thanks John. I think they're the best fed birds in MK lol