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

Saturday, 27 August 2011

A dry morning.

In complete contrast to yesterday, the sun shone.

A new visitor to the feeders by the footbridge this morning. Too quick for a picture, but a very handsome, and somewhat noisy Jay.

Around the north lake were plenty of Black-headed Gulls, the Lesser Black-backed enjoying the sun on the boat jetty, along with a Heron and Cormorant, and a few noisy Common Terns squabbling in the air.

A few Mute Swans flying around this morning too. Maybe visitors from another lake, or maybe just disturbed by the boat people out on the water.

A couple of Kingfishers; one by the weir, in the usual place, and another back in the old haunt, by the island, close to the bandstand. Good to see them making a comeback after the harsh winter.

Down at the south lake I spent some time watching the antics of some juvenile Blue Tits,

 Blackcaps and various warblers. 
One particular warbler stood out from the rest. The size of a Willow Warbler, but a rich sulphur yellow body, and olive green back. Not 100% on the ID of this one, but the second time I've seen it here, and it's got me puzzled.

Another Kingfisher flashed along the river, as I stood on the footbridge chatting to a dog walker. That's four now, that I know of around the lake.

The very far end, by the bird pallets, a couple of Little Grebe, and the two Tufted Duck.

On the way to the car park, a quick look on Cormorant island revealed the Common Gull, and a few Mallards.

An enjoyable walk round the lake.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)

Total species  39


  1. Lovely shot of the Mallard......The Swans are also a welcome sight. I love watching them fly. More elegant and certainly much more peaceful than Geese. Good you had a good morning.

  2. Thanks Adrian.
    I could watch birds fly all day.

  3. HI Keith...I also loved seeing the Swans in flight so graceful!

    Lovely looking morning for a good walk at the lake..
    Here it is very erie weather just know that something is going to happen even though the storm has just hit land in N. Carolina...


  4. You had a rainless morning, whereas I didn't. Lovely Blue Tit and flying Mallard, really perfect.

  5. Thanks Grace.
    Take care in that storm.

    Thank you Bob.
    Got my rain later; and a thunderstorm lol

  6. A lovely flight shot of the Mallard... and another great clip.
    Have a nice weekend Keith.

  7. Cheers Adrian.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend too.

  8. Even with a Hurricane in close proximity to us we got NO rain! Its hot again too.
    Looks like you had a really good walk around---Great captures--you do a fantastic job of tracking with your video camera--even in the trees!

  9. Thanks Sondra. Not always successful with the flight filming, but getting better :-)