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

Sunday, 7 August 2011

A warbler fest, and dragons

A great start to the morning, with a very obliging Green Woodpecker.

Got some video and pictures, while he happily continued to dig for ants, by the side of the road.

On the footbridge, 15 Chaffinch at one point, along with Greenfinch,

Dunnock, Sparrows and Tits. Great to see so many birds this morning.

And it didn't stop there. The warblers were out in force all around the lake too.
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Garden, Reed, and Willow Warblers, all very visible this morning. I'm sure if I'd looked harder in the reeds, I'd have found a Sedge Warbler too.

The Canada Geese were at their usual spot, having a good bath and preen,

and up by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Pied Wagtail on the grass.
On the boat jetty, Heron, Black-headed Gulls and Cormorant.

The south lake had Crows following me along the path for a while, and a couple of Swallows skimming over the water.

It was good to see the Common Gull from Cormorant island doing well. He'd come out for a swim, and enjoyed a slice of brown bread I had in my pocket.

Back at the car park, some time spent looking around the hedges and long grass, produced a Speckled Wood butterfly, and a few dragons.........Migrant Hawker,

 Brown Hawker and a beautiful Southern Hawker.

The last bit of the video has a dragon that fell onto some branches, after being attacked by another dragon. Not sure of its ID, (I think an Emperor, female), but it lay there for a while, and then suddenly took to the air, looking none the worse for its beating.

A great morning. Probably my last visit for a few days, so good to go out on a high.


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)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
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)
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)

Total species  41


  1. Super Green Woodpecker image and video Keith.

    Lots more 'customers' for you this morning!

    Well spotted Dragons, and excellent images. [;o)

  2. I am greener than the Woodpecker. The Heron was doing what herons do best.
    I think you may have pulled.....the ex was round for lunch and watched your video twice!.....Better than D. Attenborough she said.

  3. HI Keith...You hit the jack-pot this morning at the lake...suppose it would have been better if it had been the lottery jack-pot??
    The Green Woodpecker is so got some good shots of it!! He does look like a statue in the first one!!
    Common Gull is looking good, of course I think he gets feed well ; }
    Nice Hawker and Dragonfly shot!!

  4. The Green Woodpecker, as you said, was on the ball with the way it was standing. Lovely photos.

  5. Sounds like you had as windy a morning as we had here Keith. A great morning outing, definitely a high. Only seen the occasional dragon this year and none have stopped at the pond so far though the Blue-tailed Damsels are still about.

  6. Forgot to say - thanks for confirming my Lesser Whitethroat.

  7. Trevor, the woodpecker was just outside the car park as I pulled in. Nearest I've ever got to one. lol
    The dragons were quite busy in that long grass opposite the car park once the sun got up.

    Thanks Adrian. Twice you say?!
    I knew the bath and beard trim wasn't a waste of time lol

    Thanks Grace. Yea, a great morning visit. A real feast for the eyes.

    Thanks Bob. I think this woodpecker was a young one. Quite a few of the young ones round here.

    John, the wind always seems stronger overlooking the island. The dragon numbers seem to be down around here this year so far.
    Your Lesser Whitethroat images were crackers. Glad to have been of assistance :-)

  8. A wonderful morning Keith.
    Great to see the GW so close.
    I have really enjoyed your stroll.

  9. Great images, love your video. I also love the shots and vids of your Green Woodpecker.

  10. Thanks Andrew. The GW was a beauty, and made a nice change to see him so close. All I usually see is a yellow flash as they away lol

    Thanks Horst. They're lovely birds, but very wary. I was very lucky with this one.

  11. Keith, It's great that there are some dragons about. It's a real struggle to find them this year. The jury's out as to whether the cold Winter has directly affected the population or it's just slowed it down and they'll all emerge next year.

    I hope it's the latter.

  12. I was thinking the same Graeme; I haven't seen so many dragons this year.
    Maybe a late show of them this year.