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



Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Blue Tits nesting

Dull, cloudy morning, but it didn't stop the waiting Mallards at the car park.

Feeding done, I set off round the north lake, and soon found the Kingfisher sitting in his regular spot on the island.




Up towards the top end, a distant Shoveler, a Goosander, and a pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed dance.







Always a fantastic sight to see. I took a mountain of pictures, and these are the only ones I've sorted out so far.


Moving further on, a young looking Grey Heron was on the steps, by the ivy clad wall.



 He soon took off; must have been shy.


Round towards the pub, and the Crow is getting on rather well with his nest building on the pubs windmill structure. It looks an untidy mess of sticks, but it's home to him; and a female Goosander swimming in the small bay in front of the pub.


Onto the south lake, and the Crows were late in coming, but arrived eventually, and had some apple.

Very little around on the south lake, apart from a male Goosander, and then down by the offices, a pair of Blue Tits.
Last year, a pair nested in one of the poles that house the security cameras. It seems they must like it, and have returned to the very same pole.




A lot of coming and going, and making ready by them both.





 Let's hope they are successful once again.


Eventually, down by Cormorant island, and a fruitless search for any sign of yesterdays Oystercatchers.


Maybe they were off feeding somewhere.








Full list of today's sightings


Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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 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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


14 comments:

  1. Totally amazing shots of the "weed dance" Keith, brilliant.

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  2. And the Great Crested Grebes, aren't they marvelous. That is truly LOVE. My friend says, that he has some Blue Tits nesting in his garden, I think that they had sussed it out for nestiing.

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  3. Thanks Roy. I always feel privileged to witness this display. One of natures great moments I think.

    Bob, the grebes are truly amazing aren't they.
    I've had a pair of Blue Tits investigating one of my nest boxes recently. If they nest, it will be the third year running. :-)

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  4. First class shots of the Great Crested Grebes and their weed dance Keith.

    Those Blue Tits must be in the posh area of the lake...three front doors no less!!...[;o)

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  5. Cheers Trevor. It was great seeing the grebes perform again.
    Those Blue Tits were really busy this morning, getting their new home spick and span. :-)

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  6. Always nice to see the weed dance and you managed such close shots!

    Love the Blue Tit peering out of the hole. I suppose the nest is less likely to be predated than if it was in a tree trunk, no big Woodpecker beak could make those holes bigger ;-)

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  7. Thanks Jan. I almost missed it today lol
    It was great to see the Blue Tits back at last years nest site. It proves that birds have a long term memory.

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  8. I had a double take on the first Greeb photo as at first glance it looks like one with two heads lol. A great series of shots - also of the Blue Tits.
    My camera nest box is conspicuously empty so far this year though I can tell it has been visited once.

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  9. Cheers John.
    I'm looking forward to watching your nest cam. I'm sure it will be very busy soon.

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  10. awesome photos of the Grebes and that little Blue Tit in the hole SO CUTE!!!!
    NOW the regulars know your car, they are waiting on your arrival..lol
    Nice to see the crows too!!

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  11. Thanks Andrew. It was a good mornings visit. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. It is strange to see a bunch of ducks waiting for me. Good to be popular lol

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  12. Great pictures of the weed dance Keith .... they were too far out for decent pics when I saw them. Glimpsed another Kingfisher fly over towards the pub and beyond.

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  13. Thanks Alan.
    The Grebes seem to be reaching a peak with the dancing at the moment.
    Good to meet you the other day.

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