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, 6 August 2011

Little Egrets

My first proper visit for a few days.

It all seemed very quiet this morning; not many visible birds about, and there wasn't much singing going on either.

A few Common Terns were busily fishing; they always make a noise, as they scream around, chasing each other. I found another Mute Swan with an orange numbered  ring, 722, so I'll try to find out any history. It looked to be a young pen, and seemed quite happy in the company of a young male.

It was good to see a Kestrel hovering, even though it was only briefly, and a Sparrowhawk lazily flew overhead too.

At the far end of the south lake, I watched some Blackcaps and Reed Warblers,

as they chased each other around, and opposite the island, in the trees, a Little Egret.

As I made my way back towards the car park, over on Cormorant island were, Cormorants, the Common Gull, and up in the trees, another Little Egret.


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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
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)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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  38


  1. I'm glad you had a good morning.....a big fat zero here. It is years since I've seen a Green Woodpecker.

  2. Great captures Keith, I love the Little Egret.

  3. HI Keith...when the nesting Kestrel' finally left the tree in front of the house I thought it would to quite .but found out that I just couldn't hear the others for the loud call of the
    I would like to find a banded bird, interesting to know where it was banded!!
    Hugs my friend!!

  4. There's a few around here Adrian, but there almost invisible.

    Thanks Bob. Yea, they're lovely classy looking birds.

    Thanks Grace. The young Kestrels are usually quite vocal for a while.
    As soon as I get information on the swan I'll post it. :-)

  5. Ive pretty much given up until the fall migrants start moving here Keith...Too hot to be out!! Glad you saw some nice birds!!

  6. Little Egrets are wonderful to see Keith...
    I'm still hoping to see some this year.

  7. It's usually a bit quiet here, about now.
    Hope your heat gets bearable soon.

    They're such lovely birds Andrew. Hope you see some soon.

  8. These Little Egrets are getting quite common now Keith, which is a bonus for us trying to get shots of them.

  9. I was only thinking a few early mornings ago how quiet it was. Not a single song bird. Maybe they are too busy feeding young, or exhausted after bringing up a brood.

    Either the herons are getting used to your camera or you are getting craftier at creeping up on them. ;)

  10. They seem to be everywhere now Roy. Such lovely birds.

    A very quiet time of year now John. Every sighting a bonus.
    A lot of these Herons round the lake at the moment are youngsters. Easier to get pictures of, till they get wiser lol