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

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Rainy Day

First chance to get round the lake for a while, and it rains; and the battery dies on the macro camera. Bugger!

A very nice rainbow to start a wet day though,

 and plenty of birds on the feeders.

I noticed quite a few young Herons around the lake too.

A rather large marquee has been on the north lake for the last couple of days, so I had to have a nose at that. Didn't notice the security man in there though.

Lots of caterpillars of the Cinnabar Moth on the Ragwort plants around the lake, and still a few Bird Cherry Ermine moths flying around. The trees have all made a good recovery too.

The numbers of Black-headed Gulls are steadily building up, and a lone Sand Martin skimmed over the waters. The Common Gull was out for a swim, but no sign of the Oystercatchers.


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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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  36


  1. HI Keith..Rainbows are supposed to be a sign of good luck so maybe that's your's, but of course there is also the saying there is a pot of gold at the end to,so thats probably a load of crock!!lol
    The cinnabar caterpilla are plentiful so there shild be a good group of butterflies around in the future!!
    Cheer up my friend ...better days are coming Hugs ♥ Grace

  2. A lovely rainbow and the Grey Heron stalking at something, brilliant Keith.

  3. Another good list for the day Keith despite the weather.
    A lovely rainbow I just have gloom at the moment.
    Cinnabars are lovely and it looks like your getting loads this year.

  4. Hope you're right about better days coming Grace. Could do with some now lol

    Thanks Bob. The young Herons are fascinating to watch.

  5. A very unsettled day here too Andrew.
    The caterpillars seem to be everywhere at the moment.

  6. Keith, get your own back on the council. Ragwort, though attractive is reportable. Those owning the land are by law required to get rid of it. Selective spraying is the only way. It is very poisonous. Is blamed for horse and cattle deaths, causing humans naughty bits to fall off and stagnation of the lungs but I was again mistaken.
    What do I to nothing. Glad you got round the lake.
    The cake looked good, would go down well with a spot of cheese.

  7. Had a look at the link Adrian. Interesting. I'll leave the Ragwort; I like it. There's no cattle or horses there, and any humans daft enough to pick it, deserve all they get. It's illegal to pick wild flowers :-)
    I fancy some of that cake right now lol

  8. Loved your video, amazed to see no one around in the tent with all those goodies still inside. and the Cake not touched, maybe they picked those flowers and had to leave in a hurry.

  9. Thanks Horst. There was a guard sitting in the corner of the tent; I didn't see him at first lol

  10. A very pretty rainbow also...havent seen one in a while gotta have 2 things sun and water...we dont have either~
    Great birds out for you today--Cut me a slice while you're at

  11. Thanks Sondra. The cake did look rather tasty lol

    The birds never fail here. I have to laugh when some of the local so called 'birders' say there's nothing much at this lake.