Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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



Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sunday

I've had better days.

A bit of a cock up with the pictures today. I could have had some interesting shots, but somehow the settings got changed to monochrome through the morning, so that was that.
A week off work soon; think I need it.

Anyway, yesterday I spent a lot of time taking pictures of the Swifts and Martins that were flying over the lake. Here's one of the 'saved' results.



 A couple of Sand Martins.


So, today. Despite the camera miss-hap, the morning consisted mainly of Swans and flowers.
A few Orchids around, and this rather special one.



 A Bee Orchid

I'm going to have to go back, and get some more with the other camera.


A couple of Mute Swans were having a vicious fight on the north lake, which ended up in the reeds at the shore.



I'm afraid I broke the golden rule of wildlife photography...........I had to intervene, and break up the fight. If you watch the video, and hear the screams of one of the swans, I think you'll understand why I did what I did.

They both went off on their separate ways.

Plenty of calmer moments though, with cygnets and goslings around; and the pair of Oystercatchers were quite vocal this morning too.
Good to see the Common Gull still around, and the brief spells of sun brought out a few damselflies.

Shame about the strong wind though.

 





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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33
 

Friday, 27 May 2011

More babies

A brief visit this morning; work later.

As I got out of the car, I was amazed to see so many Mallards waiting around by the car park. Four pairs! Probably more than what is on the lake.

The feeders have attracted lots of young Great Tits




 and Blue Tits, all being busily fed by their parents. 




So good to see so many juvenile birds around. I think this year has been a good breeding year for most of the birds.




Over on Cormorant island the Oystercatcher was wandering around, and had a minor confrontation with a female Tufted Duck, that was sitting..........or maybe nesting?
She certainly wasn't going to move.




The Mute Swans were swimming by the pub, with their 7 cygnets, the grass was full of noisy Starlings, and the sky was full of screaming Swifts.


A lovely morning, despite the dull, grey clouds.







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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  24

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Baby Day

As I stepped from the car this morning, I could hear the sounds of Blue Tits close by.

Up high in the tree, in front of me, were half a dozen juvenile Blue Tits, and by the looks of them, recently left their nest.



And in the same tree, just a few inches away, were a couple of juvenile Goldfinches.



I topped up the feeders, and found two young Song Thrushes hopping along the footbridge. So many baby birds this morning; I began to wonder if they'd all fledged overnight.

I topped up the footbridge, and almost immediately Greenfinches joined the Goldfinches on the sunflower feeder...........and baby Greenfinches too.

I've got work later today, and a busy week ahead, but I was determined to see as much as I could around the lake today.

A female Mallard was showing off her youngsters,



and further round the north lake, a pair of Mute Swans were closely guarding their only cygnet.



Up by the pub, the grass was full of noisy Starlings; young ones calling out to be fed by their parents, and the Greylag and Canada Geese were keeping watchful eyes on their respective gosling's.



More young Song Thrushes were around, as I made my way round the south lake. Swifts were screaming overhead, and flashing past my head, as I walked the edge of the lake.

Down near the bottom end, I stopped to watch a party of young Long Tailed Tits, as they huddled together, chattering away, and further round by the offices, a group of young Great Tits and the adults were carefully working their way through the trees and bushes, searching for food.

At the island I searched for the Common Gull, and eventually found him.


 A heavy crop, but good to see he is doing so well.


Before the video, one last look at some contended cygnets



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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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sunday 22nd May

Heavy overnight rain, down to a slight drizzle when I left home.

Typical! Work all week in the sunshine, get a day off, and the weather changes.
I left the seed at the footbridge, and the skies began to slowly clear. Maybe a good day coming up after all.

Plenty of Swifts flying overhead, and two pairs of Mallards by the car park.
Chaffinch were soon down on the footbridge, enjoying the seed, and Greenfinch and Goldfinch were on the feeders.

I walked under the road bridge, to make my way round the north lake, but my mind was elsewhere.
I felt certain that the Blue Tits that were nesting in my garden, would be fledging today. I didn't want to miss it.

I left, and made my way home. A very short visit, but as it turned out, my hunch was right.

 





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)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  19

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Tuesday

Had a day off work today, so I should be sorting things out for the future; but the sun shone, so I thought, 'what the hell, I'll go out.'

Hundreds of Swifts, filled the sky over the car park, so I spent a fair bit of time trying to photograph them. Not easy.



A walk around the north lake first, and plenty of Coots, and their chicks; and Mallards and their ducklings. The Mallard who had 12 ducklings a while ago, including 3 yellow ones, has now got 4. Two of each colour. I think these will survive now, as they are nearly as big as their mum.

At the top end, by the weir, I spent some time watching Whitethroat, flying up into the air, calling, and then dropping back into the trees or bushes. It reminded me a bit like a half hearted display from a Skylark, but not flying so high.

Round by the pub, I finally managed to see the pair of swans, with 7 healthy looking cygnets. I think this is the family from the reed bed, further round, by one of the footbridges. I usually see them from the opposite side of the lake, but today they were happily feeding just a few feet away. Both parents would stretch their long necks under the water, pulling up great bill fulls of weed, and dropping it in the water, for the cygnets to feed on. So protective and gentle; I spent ages just watching them.




The Canada Geese were parading their goslings around, and an Oystercatcher was wandering between them, probing the grass for food.



There are plenty of Great Crested Grebes on the lake, but no sign of any young ones yet.

On round the south lake, and the Swifts were still screaming overhead, and a couple of Common Tern, dive bombing the water, and quickly finding tiny fish.

The Blue Tit that is nesting in the life belt housing, told me in no uncertain terms to keep clear. I would think they must be close to fledging soon. All around the edge of the lake, the flowers are beginning to show through. The white Oxeye Dasies standing in full bloom, and the Buttercups and Common Bird's-foot Trefoil forming a yellow blanket beneath them. Soon the Field Scabious will be joining the already flowering Ragged Robin, and the butterflies will be out in force, enjoying all the nectar.
I'll have to start brushing up on my ID's.

The 'horror tree' is beginning to be covered in silk, from the caterpillars, and at one tree further along, I found what looked like a silky bag, containing thousands of them.



I listened to Song Thrush for a while, going through his repertoire; and what a songster he was. In amongst his calling, were some excellent mimicry of an Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff and Buzzard. Fascinating to listen, and try to pick out the different birds in his song.

And finally, back towards the car park.

The Common Gull is still around on the island, a few Cormorants and geese, and an Oystercatcher. The pair of swans from the island were swimming and feeding on the far side, and I reluctantly made my way home.

 






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)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  42

Saturday, 14 May 2011

After the big one

Hopefully things have settled down now on blogger, after the hiccup of the last day or so.



Aquilega, growing under the railway arch, at south lake.


After the last big discovery at the lake; the Spotted Sandpiper, I didn't expect to find an Osprey. Would have been nice, but no, not today.
There were plenty of Swifts skimming over the water though, with a few Swallows, and the odd House Martin.

A lot of young families out too; Coots, Swans, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, and Mallards. The Oystercatcher was in his usual breakfast spot, plenty of warblers calling from their vantage points, including Blackcap,



and Garden Warbler.




Yesterday on my quick walk round, I could hear a Cuckoo; but not today. It would have been good to have seen him; maybe another time.
It was good to see a Mistle Thrush though, along with a Song Thrush; and a Grey Wagtail, and his cousin, the Pied Wagtail.

Some good birds about today, but an absence of any other birders, now the 'star' has flown.

 






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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42

 

Thursday, 12 May 2011

A Mega morning

Just a very quick walk round the south lake this morning, and I almost didn't do that.

I topped up the feeders, and had a slow walk round the south. Plenty of Swifts, Swallows, Sand and House Martins over the lake, and in the distance, a Cuckoo calling above the noise of the traffic.

But the big shock, and surprise came as I got to the rowing club.
There on the jetty, was what I thought was a Common Sandpiper at first.

I took a few pictures, and some video, and then thought, 'ang on. It's got spots!'
When I got home and checked, I still couldn't believe it. A Spotted Sandpiper?
Surely not.







A couple of quick posts and pictures, to the local bird club confirmed it.


A mega for here.

 




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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
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 Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Sunday 8th May

The morning started wet.

Very wet. Heavy overnight rain, but the sun pushed it's way through later.
A pair of Mallards were waiting by the car park when I arrived, and they were quickly joined by another pair, once the food came out.
The seed feeders hadn't gone down much since yesterday, so I'm thinking the birds are getting more natural food now.

It was my first full visit this week, so I started off at the north lake.
Common Terns flying around, I counted 5 eventually, and a couple of Black-headed Gulls were with them too.

The Canada and Greylag Geese up by the pub, were proudly showing off their goslings,




and a few families of Coots were about too.

Around the south lake, were more young families; and plenty of warblers.



 Reed warbler


Reed, Sedge, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow and Chiffchaff, were all in fine voice.

The Blue Tit that has nested in the lifebelt housing, now has some young babies, judging by the noise one of the adults was making as I walked too near the 'nest'.
A beak full of caterpillars was a bit of a giveaway as well.
I didn't hang around to take pictures; I just moved on and left them to it.

A few Swallows skimmed over the water, along with a few Sand Martins, and half a dozen Swifts were screaming overhead.

The boats were out, the joggers were out, and even the sun started to come out.

Time for me to go.







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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
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 Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
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 Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  40
 

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

May 3rd

Booked a day off work today. This will probably be my last post from the lake this week.

A light frost first thing in the morning, but soon gave way to another sunny day. And no mess round the lake, after yesterday's bank holiday. A pair of Mallards were waiting for some food, as I got out of the car, along with some Wood Pigeons. One of them was a young one; he hadn't got his white collar yet.




The squirrel has trashed the nut feeder again. Chewed the plastic top off, to get to the nuts. I'll have to buy a sturdier one.

The south lake had 3 Black Terns again, and a few Swallows skimming over the water; and the north lake had 3 Common Terns, and a few Swallows. The Oystercatcher was in front of the pub, foraging  in the grass, along with the Canada and Greylag Geese; and a few goslings wandering around, enjoying the peace and quiet, and sunshine.




A lone Heron flew overhead, along with a Sparrowhawk, that seemed in no particular hurry.
I watched a Blackbird flicking through the leaf litter, searching for any tasty morsels; and another Blackbird was wrestling with a large strip of paper. Probably make use of that in his nest.




A Whitethroat was calling from some bushes, and eventually showed himself briefly; and a Blackcap spent some time flying from tree to tree, before eventually stopping long enough for a picture.




An enjoyable morning.

 






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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Black Tern [sp] (Chlidonias niger)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36
 

Sunday, 1 May 2011

May Day

Another sunny day; and a good one again.

Topped up the feeders, and left some seed, and then made my way round the north  lake first. A few Reed Warblers calling as I wandered round, and I found the Mallard with the ducklings. She's lost one more since yesterday, so now down to 4.
Further round the lake, I found a Common Sandpiper, bobbing along the edge. I later found a group of 4, so maybe 5 in total.

The Oystercatcher is still foraging on the grass outside the pub, and I met Scott, who had come down to see it. We chatted a while, watched the Canada Geese and Greylag Geese with their respective goslings, and then I made my way to the south lake.

Terns.
Black ones!



An amazing four Black Terns had me enthralled as they swooped and dived over the water. First time I've seen these here. A few Swifts joined in the air display,




and their numbers quickly swelled to about a dozen. Fantastic to watch, and to try and get some pictures. There was even a Sand Martin joined in the action.

No sign of the Lesser Whitethroat, but that didn't matter; the Black Terns were a treat on their own.

I made my way back to the car park, watching the Terns and Swifts along the way.
The Common Gull looked content on the island, and then 4 Common Sandpipers flew low over the water, and settled on the island. 

Lots of flying activity from the Mallards too.




Back at the car park, I decided to try and have a look for the Garden Warbler.
A battle through the bushes, and I was successful, but only a brief glimpse, before he dived for cover.
I should be a bit more careful when I battle through the undergrowth; or pop the lens cap on, I seemed to have picked up a few more marks on the lens of the new camera. Bugger!
 






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)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)

Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)

Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)

Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Common Gull (Larus canus canus)

Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)

Black Tern [sp] (Chlidonias niger)

Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)

Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)

Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)

Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)

Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)

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)

British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)

Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

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 Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)

British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)

Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)

Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)

Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)

Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)

Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)

House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)

European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  44