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

Saturday, 9 July 2011


The early morning sun quickly gave way to some cloud; not good for pictures.

A sleepy looking Wood Pigeon was at the car park when I arrived, and didn't seem too bothered about anything. After topping up the feeders, I made my way round the north lake.
Lesser Black-backed Gull on the grass outside the pub, along with a few Starlings. The Oystercatcher family were there briefly, before all taking to the air, and heading north. Maybe they've left for good now. A shame if they have; I rather liked looking for them in the mornings.

On the boat jetty, a Heron, and a few Black-headed Gulls, and a family of Mute Swans lazing on the grass.
Up by the weir, the Kingfishers quickly flew past, and disappeared along the river.
A few Swifts above, and Whitethroat calling from the trees as I made my way towards the south lake.

Common Terns were diving for fish, and a pair of Wood Pigeons were having a disagreement in some bushes. Lots of wing flapping, and posturing; maybe a territory dispute.

The boat people were massing on the shore line by the rowing club, and a couple of boats were slicing through the water, scattering the Coots and Mallards.
A couple of joggers pounding the footpath, some dog walkers strolling................a typical Saturday.

Time for me to head home.

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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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  33


  1. Looks as though the geese had you surrounded there Keith.

  2. The Swan has done well......raining here so I'll wait for the promised sun.

  3. There were quite a few there John. Even more round the corner. They've had a good breeding year.

    Adrian, there's half a dozen swan families on the lake. Great to see them all. I think most of the birds this year have had plenty of young.

  4. It is funny but the cold snap came early whilst they still had natural food. Frozen food! I've never seen so many house Sparrows but no butterflies.

  5. HI Keith..the Wood Pigeon was showing some nice colors there!!
    Pigeon look iridesent colored to me!!
    The Swan family just gliding over the water is so nice...How long before the young will get white feahers?
    Hugs~~ Grace

  6. Adrian, the House Sparrows have done really well here. Great news, since they are on the red list.
    Still not many butterflies though.

    Thanks Grace. The Wood Pigeon is a colourful bird, but a lot of people dismiss them here because they are quite common. A shame.
    The cygnets take about 2 years before they get their white feathers, and look like their parents. After 6 months though, the parent birds will start to chase them away, to look for their own territory.

  7. I see a lot of Woodie disputes as well Keith, of course they can easily have another brood yet so its probably all to do with territory.

  8. Another lovely clip Keith the swans have done really well.
    To add to Adrians comments my House Sparrows have had a great season...

  9. After seeing the Blue Tits argue Roy, the Wood Pigeons efforts seemed a very laid back affair in comparison.

    Thanks Andrew. It's good to know that Sparrows seem to have done well around the country. Their chirping brightens any day.

  10. WOW the cygnats have grown so much!! and really enjoyed seeing that black bird with the bright orange beak--Great Video today Keith..Have a great weekend

  11. Thanks Sondra. The cygnets are growing fast; they've also learnt that people sometimes mean bread lol

  12. Thanks Bob. Glad you enjoyed it :-)