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

Monday, 26 March 2012

Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goosander and sun

Once the fog cleared, a sunny morning again.

Plenty of Chiffchaff calling all round the lake today.

 Lovely to hear them.

A Song Thrush was quite bold, briefly,

before getting down to the business of searching for worms.

Up at the island, I got some good views of the Kingfishers for a change, as the mist slowly cleared.

At the top end of the north lake, a group of Goosander were chasing around on the water.

A pair of Mute Swans have decided to build a nest in a very precarious place.
Right at the edge of the lake, and in potential danger from any dogs that are left to run around.

The daffodils near the pub, were looking lovely in the sunlight,

and the Crow seems contented in his nest, on top of the pub.

The south lake was pretty quiet, until I reached the far end.
More Chiffchaff were calling along the way, and after stopping to feed the Robin, a pair of Blackcap were busily foraging through the branches of the trees.

Past the rowing club, a few geese flying around,

and then back at the car park, more Chiffchaff and Blackcap calling.

Out on the water, a pair of Great Crested Grebes were performing the weed dance; unfortunately it meant trying to capture it through the reeds, and into the sun.

Another good morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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  39


  1. Stunning images Keith,especially the first and second, and a great video, excellent footage of the Kingfishers...[;o)

    I take it that the computer is now fit well once more?

  2. Cheers Trevor.
    I'm getting there lol
    Still a few programmes sort out, and then do the picture tagging.

  3. Super cute birds there, brilliantly captured!

  4. Hi Keith...Those are some lovely images you posted today especially liked the first two and the weed dance : }
    When I see the Kingfisher I still find it odd where they nest, guess it is something I never payed attention to!
    The field of Cowslips will be wonderful to see..I remember how beautiful it was from last year!!
    Oh dear the culprit... ; } You'll have to hang your dirty socks there..that will keep him away. ; }

  5. Thanks Grace. A bit of sun makes a big difference.
    Yea, maybe I should hang my socks by the feeders lol

  6. Wonderful images Keith...
    I can't believe the weather here at the moment... I was scraping ice off the windscreen this morning... and sweating on the way home this afternoon... knowing England this is our summer lol..
    Take care and I hope the computers sorted.

  7. Thanks Andrew.
    Yea, thick ice on my windscreen too.
    We'll pay for this sun soon lol

  8. What a great set of images Keith, the "weed dancers" and that female Blackcap as well. Beautiful daffs.

  9. Great images Keith, but my favourite are the Great Crested Grebes, I don't care if it is fighting the sun and reeds, it is marvelous.

  10. Glorious shots today Keith..Love the Grebes with the vegetation..thas a very special shot!!

  11. Thanks Roy. A bit of sunshine makes all the difference.

    Thank you Bob. It was the only picture worth keeping, but still great to see these birds performing.

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, I was pleased with that one.

  12. Lovely photos throughout but my favourite is definitely the Chiffchaff, just beautiful it really looks glad to be alive. They seemed to be everywhere when I was out on Saturday although I only heard my first of the year on Thursday.

    Great video again, I'm sure those Cowslips will be a picture eventually, the ones that grow in my grass (can't call it lawn!) are not even showing yet. Always a pleasure to see my friend the Heron :-)

  13. Thanks Jan.
    There seems to be at least half a dozen Chiffchaff around the lake, and at least three pairs of Blackcap.
    Spring is certainly here.

  14. How lovely! I especially love the Great Crested Grebes. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Thank you Linda. Glad you enjoyed that one. :-)