Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sunday 24th July 2011

A sunny start to the day; hope it lasts.

I managed to get to the lake a bit earlier than usual, and soon had the feeders topped up. They're certainly getting through some seed at the moment. I'm going to have to win the lottery to keep this up.

Plenty of the usual birds about this morning, and lots of juveniles too.
The family of swans, with 7 cygnets were enjoying a good splash around, wash and preen.

A couple of Kingfishers were a welcome sight; one on the north lake, and one on the south.

Four Mistle Thrush were up by the weir, and one was being harassed by a couple of smaller birds, for some reason.
One of the many Herons were in a bad mood too, stabbing at any unfortunate Mallard or Moorhen, that came within ten foot of him.

Lots of Ragwort in bloom now, attracting the Cinnabar moth caterpillar,

 and a Small Copper.

A group of trees were providing some shade below, and also an area for some Fungi to grow.

 Not sure what make or model these are.

Onto the south lake, and a few butterflies in the long grass alongside the river.
And a very nice moth.

 Shaded Broad-bar. A first for me.

Lots of wild flowers, birds and butterflies. A lovely morning.

 Time to cut the grass now, and sit in the sun with a bottle of red wine. It's good for the heart.  ;-)

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)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  40


  1. Hi Keith ...oh blackberries and cream, or on cereral, or pie but straght of the bush is the way to go..yumm!! lol
    Lovely photo's today as always ; }
    The Cooper is a very nice.
    On the video there is on view of the Mallard that is just beauitful with the blue of the water..loved it!!
    Hugs my friend!!

  2. I will have a slice of that Black berry pie when it comes out the over Keith--yum OURs didnt make this yr too small---BUT I have high hopes for the grapes.
    Awesome video and still of your walk around the lake today...Great list of sightings.
    Cheers*to your health!

  3. A wonderful day here Keith just a bit windy.
    Looks like you had another good day on your patch... you always have so much going on.

  4. Blackberries are one of my favourites Grace. I can't resist them lol

    Thanks Sondra. This talk of Blackberry pie is making me feel hungry lol

    Thanks Andrew. It always seems busy here.

  5. Another super video Keith. Like the funghi(no I.D. tho') and Moth pics.

    So it's all round your's for Blackberry pie and cream then! lol.

  6. The Cinnabar turns into a beautiful moth, the ragwort is which it feeds, is quite poisonous. And the Cinnabar too.

  7. Love the shot of the Fungi Keith.

  8. Thanks Trevor. I've got a fungi book, but most of them look the same to me lol
    Blackberry pie and cream, mmmmmm, sod the cholesterol. :-)

    Thanks Bob. You'd have to eat an awful lot of Ragwort for it to make you ill lol

    Thank you Roy. I must find out which one it is.