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Friday, 19 August 2011

19th August 2011

An inspiring title for such a momentous day.

Just the north lake walked this morning, and it was perfect in the sun.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was enjoying the fat balls in the feeders; he's quite an early morning regular now.

Black-headed Gulls all around, a few Common Terns, Herons, Cormorants, Coots and Mallard, to name a few. A good variety taking advantage of the better weather than yesterdays rain.

Swallows and House Martins were still flying around at the top end of the lake, and quite a few of the trees are beginning to don their autumn leaves now.

The footbridge and surrounding bushes were as busy as ever,

 A couple of juvenile House Sparrows

 Greenfinch, with a growth on its head.

A quick glance at the Cormorant island, and I could see the Common Gull basking with a few Mallards.

Maybe an earlier visit might have produced the Little Egrets? Well, there's always tomorrow now.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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. I hope all goes to plan. Soon be time to get over to the Lakes for the autumn colour.

  2. Hi Keith, a nice bright morning there, I guess the birds are making up time after yesterdays rain.

    Hope your day goes well today, and tomorrows hangover is not to bad. lol.

    I tried to go out earley this morning but a shunt on the M1 caused gridlock on all the roads and country lanes for miles around. took me 90 minutes to do a 3 mile round trip. [:-{

  3. Sounds like a good idea Adrian :-)

    Cheers Trevor.
    I read about that accident this morning. A fatality.

  4. HI Keith A visit before I have to scoot off to work...Ive noticed the persimmon trees here have started to turn! We go from one extreme to another..
    I think that maybe a tick on the head of your Green Finch...
    Have a great weekend.

  5. HI Keith...tomorrow will be the first day of the rest of your
    Big (((Hugs))) !!

  6. It does have the feel of Autumn already this year.

  7. Thanks Sondra. Yea, I think it's a tick too after having a good look. Poor thing.
    Hope work wasn't too bad. Mine's all done now :-)

    Thanks Grace. Yea, a good rest coming up I think.

    John, I think it seems earlier this year.

  8. A lovely post Keith and I know what the date means for you.
    Best wishes fo the future.
    I just happen to be 55 and a half today... not much of a milestone either.

  9. Thanks Andrew. And happy late birthday and a bit for yesterday lol

  10. The greenfinch pic caught my eye. We had a Great Tit fatality last weekend, that had two of these things on its head.

    Checking the RSPB website produced the following:

    An article on avian pox, and a possible cause of the swelling.

    Greenfinch wasn't on the list of likely sufferers, so it may be that any info you can pass on will be of use to the RSPB.

  11. Thanks Graeme.
    I've downloaded the form, and I'll get that sent off.