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, 31 July 2011

Last day of July

And it was sunny.

An enjoyable walk round the lake this morning, spoilt only by the inconsideration of a few people.
Litter, in the shape of plastic cups, left lying around part of the north lake; presumably from the jogging race yesterday, and some idiot that pitched a tent across the footpath, on the south lake, and decided to fish in a none fishing area.




One word; twat.


But the birds. Well, the three Oystercatchers were round the pub, along with Starlings, Pied Wagtails, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gulls, Mallards, Coots and Herons. A busy stretch just there.

Common Terns were busily fishing, along with Cormorants, that seem to be increasing in numbers now.

A Sparrowhawk glided past me down at the top end, by the weir, giving me a superb view of his markings, right down to the barred tail. Shortly after his fly pass, a Kingfisher flew by also, shining in the sunlight.

At the bottom end of the south lake, by the footbridge that crosses the river, the warblers continued to make some great appearances. Reed Warbler,
Willow Warbler,



Whitethroat and Blackcap were all in evidence, along with Robins, Great and Blue Tits, a couple of Song Thrushes, and a party of Long Tailed Tits.

On Cormorant island, the Common Gull is still doing well. I watched as he ran along the shore at one point, and launched himself into the water, for a quick swim. Wings flapping, and I'm sure he got some lift and forward movement.

Another great morning; apart from the idiot fisherman.

 






Full list of today's sightings
  
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36
 


Saturday, 30 July 2011

A Heron Day

A sunny morning, with a bit of mist on the water; reminds me of a song.




The three Oystercatchers were around the pub again this morning, but the stars of today would have to be the Herons.




A few around the lake, and a couple of rather stroppy ones too. Some dive bombing and chasing, which I unfortunately didn't catch on the video; I thought I had. Annoying, because at one point, one of the Herons pitched down into the water.
One snippet I did manage though, was a successful catch, whilst one was fishing.




Just a tiddler though, but a fish all the same.


A family group of Wren's had me entranced for a while, as they purred and flitted from tree to tree.




A Sparrowhawk flew overhead up on the north lake, and a passing Crow made a quick detour, to harass and escort it away. Job done, the Crow turned back, and continued on his way.


The numbers of Black-headed Gulls are steadily increasing daily it seems, and they've taken over part of the north lake as their own.
Still a few Common Terns flying around, and it was good to see a few Swifts and Swallows skimming the trees and bushes, catching insects.

Down at the south lake, by one of the footbridges that crosses the river, I spent some time watching some Reed Warblers,



 Whitethroat, and Garden Warblers. A lovely spot for these warblers, and a couple of Wrens appeared too, along with a beautiful Bullfinch.

The long grass, that was once a haven for butterflies, moths, damsels and dragons, has been cut. Seems early to me, and a shame, because the butterflies were just starting to make an appearance.

I found a wasps nest down amongst the cut grass, and a very busy nest it was too.




A bit of video, and a few pictures, and then I decided to leave them in peace. Didn't fancy getting stung.


Further round, a pair of Little Grebes were swimming amongst the reeds. They always seem to be on the opposite bank to where I am.

A few boats began to take to the water, which meant a few Mallards and Canada Geese were getting airborne, and on the Cormorant island, the Common Gull was just chilling.

 





Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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)
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  40

Friday, 29 July 2011

Friday

A quick one this morning; I suddenly remembered I had a redundancy meeting later at work, with management.
One of those where you listen intently to lies and bullshit.



 Bittersweet


Plenty of birds round the feeders, and the Oystercatchers were at their favourite place again this morning; the pub.
Lots of Black-headed Gulls, and a couple of Sparrowhawks flying overhead.

Good to see a young Bullfinch in the trees; they've had some breeding success this year.
A couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were flying around too, along with the Common Terns.


Ok, off to my meeting.







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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  33
 


Thursday, 28 July 2011

More Seed Needed

I've put up another large seed feeder today, and repaired the other that the tree rat had destroyed. That's just over 5kg of sunflower hearts a day they're getting through, on top of all the biscuit, peanuts, mixed seed and fat balls.

The three Oystercatchers were outside the pub this morning, along with the Black-headed Gulls and the Lesser Black-backed Gull. Herons, Starlings, Mallards,




Coots, Cormorants and Mute Swans; that's just in this small area.

Further round, the Greylag and Canada Geese were grazing, more Cormorants fishing, along with Common Tern, and a couple of noisy Green Woodpeckers, as they yaffled their way across the sky.

In the reedbeds some very vocal Reed Warblers, and at the bottom of the south lake, families of Whitethroat and Blackcap




flitting through the trees.

And even the sun put an appearance in.





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)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
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  32

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Another Wednesday

A cloudy morning, but a few birds about. The feeders by the footbridge had taken a hammering; the local squirrel I think, judging by the damage.

Around the north lake were some makeshift distance signs; I guess we have a race or marathon happening this weekend. Boats, joggers, and the kids off school; I think I'll give this place a miss over the weekend during the day.

The various swan families were out on the water, along with the geese, 




and a few Common Terns, which seemed to be having more luck fishing, than the local fishermen.

Plenty of Black-headed Gulls up by the pub, along with the Lesser Black-backed Gull; but no sign of the Oystercatchers.

Around the south lake, there were plenty of juvenile Reed Warblers calling from the reeds, and a few Sedge Warblers too.

By the rowing club, I found a Mute Swan with a coloured ring, that has been around for a while, and paired up with another swan, and produced four cygnets. They lost one recently, but the remaining three are doing well.

A little history that I got through the ring number recently, tells me that he's 11 years old, and was first ringed in November 2005, at Bedford Embankment.
He was next reported at Willen Lake, in Milton Keynes, in August 2008, and then by me, in June, this year, here.
From Bedford to here, is about 15 miles, so he's not travelled very far.







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)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  37

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Quick Tuesday

Very quick; lots to do.

Topped up the seed, and just quickly walked the north lake this morning. Full list at the end. A dull, cloudy morning, and I think the birds agreed.





Hardly worth doing really.

 






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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)

Total species  27

Monday, 25 July 2011

Monday, and more sun

Another sunny morning to start.

The usual birds around today, tits, finches, sparrows,



 and warblers; and down at the far end of the south lake, a Little Egret, sharing a tree with a Heron, on the island.

A few butterflies around too, although not as many as this time last year.

A small party of Mistle Thrush flew overhead, a couple of Swifts, and a few House Martins; Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls diving into the water for fish, and Green Woodpeckers everywhere.


Plenty of birds about this 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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
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)
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)

Total species  40

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sunday 24th July 2011

A sunny start to the day; hope it lasts.

I managed to get to the lake a bit earlier than usual, and soon had the feeders topped up. They're certainly getting through some seed at the moment. I'm going to have to win the lottery to keep this up.

Plenty of the usual birds about this morning, and lots of juveniles too.
The family of swans, with 7 cygnets were enjoying a good splash around, wash and preen.




A couple of Kingfishers were a welcome sight; one on the north lake, and one on the south.

Four Mistle Thrush were up by the weir, and one was being harassed by a couple of smaller birds, for some reason.
One of the many Herons were in a bad mood too, stabbing at any unfortunate Mallard or Moorhen, that came within ten foot of him.

Lots of Ragwort in bloom now, attracting the Cinnabar moth caterpillar,



 and a Small Copper.




A group of trees were providing some shade below, and also an area for some Fungi to grow.



 Not sure what make or model these are.


Onto the south lake, and a few butterflies in the long grass alongside the river.
And a very nice moth.



 Shaded Broad-bar. A first for me.

Lots of wild flowers, birds and butterflies. A lovely morning.


 Time to cut the grass now, and sit in the sun with a bottle of red wine. It's good for the heart.  ;-)






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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
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)
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  40

Friday, 22 July 2011

Fabulous Friday

What a day. Sunshine, birds, butterflies and a couple of dragons.

It was so good I walked the lake twice.

The feeders and the bridge were popular; an amazing variety of birds visiting this little spot now; and as I left, a Buzzard was soaring overhead.

The three Oystercatchers were outside the pub, in their usual place, digging for worms.




Good numbers of Black-headed Gulls on the boat jetty, and the lone Lesser Black-backed Gull is still around.
Mallards, families of Mute Swans, Grey Herons, and more geese than I count. Common Terns diving into the water for fish, and Reed Warblers, Whitethroat and Blackcap calling from the shrubbery around the lake.
So much right on my doorstep.

I spent some time watching the Canada Geese bathing up by the weir. They all seemed to be gathering there, and just splashing around, and rolling over in the water. Fascinating to watch.




Quite a few butterflies about this morning too. The sun must have brought them out.
Large White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, and Speckled Wood. So good to see so many about at long last.

Another welcome sight was a Brown Hawker, working the bushes; but too quick for a picture, and a very obliging Emperor Dragonfly, who was content to just settle in the grass, and enjoy the sun.




A couple of Blackbirds were enjoying the sun too, as I walked around the north lake.

 






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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
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)
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

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

A quick one

Another quick visit this morning, but I did walk round the north lake.

All the regulars, and a few more Black-headed Gulls. One in particular, was very helpful with his picture. He just stood and posed, inches away from me.




A small group of Bullfinches were a nice find around the car park area, and a good mix of other birds at the feeders.

An interestingly marked duck had me a bit confused for a while, but I'm pretty certain it was a pretty Mallard;




and trying to film Common Terns flying, is not easy.


Short visit, still loads to sort out, and work later.

 






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)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  34

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Tuesday

Imaginative title; but the best I could manage. Not feeling 100% today.

Lots of little things to catch up on today, so a very brief visit, just around the footbridge, under the road bridge, and a look at Cormorant island.

And on the island, a Little Egret.




It's becoming a frequent visitor to the lake, and maybe I might be able to get a close shot of it one day.

The usual tits and finches around the footbridge, a couple of Mistle Thrushes, and a large gathering of Black-headed Gulls at the north lake.


It deserves a longer visit.

 





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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31
 

Monday, 18 July 2011

A quick Monday visit

Dull, cloudy, spitting with rain; but still a good mornings visit.

I just walked the north lake, but an interesting walk. A large flock of Mistle Thrush flew over the car park early, and later a single one sat on top of the windmill blades of the pub. Couldn't figure out what it was at first.

A Magpie was enjoying a tasty meal of a frog,




and a few young Herons are still around. A Little Egret flew over, and I managed a quick bit of video, before the wind blew my hair in my eyes, and made it impossible to see what I was doing.
Not getting it cut though.

A few Sand Martins still flying around, along with a few Swallows. I managed a couple of shots of one, as he rested on some reeds, blowing in the wind.




Two Sparrowhawks flew lazily overhead, plenty of geese on the grassy banks, and some good views of a Green Woodpecker, until he spotted me.




At the footbridge and feeders, lots of Chaffinch and Goldfinch, along with Blue and Great Tits, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, House Sparrow and Greenfinch.



Good to see so many different birds.

 





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)

Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)

Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)

Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)

Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

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

Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)

Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)

Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)

Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)

Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)

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)

Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)

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)

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