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

Monday, 1 August 2011

1st day of August 20011

It'll be autumn before we know it.

The dopey camper has left; maybe he got some stick yesterday.

Quite a few Blackcaps around the footbridge this morning, along with the regular crew of birds. Just the north lake visited today, because I have to put in an appearance at work later.

Common Terns fishing over the lake, and the Oystercatchers hanging around the pub.
The family of Mute Swans, with their 7 cygnets, were cruising across the lake in a line. Looked very majestic. They were heading to the shallows by one of the islands, for their morning wash and brush up.

Spent some time watching a Reed Warbler up by the weir, in the reeds along the river, as he churred his way through the vegetation. No sign of a Kingfisher this morning, but three Cormorants were busily drying their wings on the old boat, used by the nesting Common Terns earlier.

Short visit, but good to get out.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  28


  1. Hi Keith...Cormorants..I love to seeing them drying out there a little underarm check lol!
    The Blackbird reminds me alot of the Catbird in color and size that we have here!!
    Lovely scene the Swan family all in a row!!
    Hugs for the day!!

  2. Good to see you got out.
    I have you noticed a lack of Robins this year?

  3. Another good one Keith.
    Liked the Blackcap sequence, and the Cormorants!

  4. Haha I don't believe your first image... My garden Woods have for the last few years only produced a single youngster and this morning what do I see... a pair of the funny looking little blighters wandering around without a care in the world.

  5. Thanks Grace. The Cormorants always look comical to me drying their wings.

    There's a few Robins around the lake Adrian, but not so many around where I live. The Blackbirds seem to have done well though.

    Thanks Trevor. There's a few Blackcaps around that bridge at the moment.

    They do look strange don't they Andrew.

  6. I'm glad to see the camper has gone. Lovely birds.

  7. Thanks Bob. I'm glad he left too :-)

  8. Great walk for August it was only 95 degrees so If I hadnt had to work I probably would have gotten in a walk...SO the Camper left..I dont understand whey he pitched his tent on the path? That was

  9. Only 95? Sondra, that's still way too hot lol