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

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Crows nesting and a Blackcap

Foggy start again, but sun later.

The squirrel continues to wreak havoc on one of the new 'squirrel proof' bird feeders.
I think the holes for the seed are too big, and he's scooping it out.

A Blackbird was singing his morning song from the treetops, and a Chiffchaff was calling from around the car park. Plenty of Magpies enjoying the bread and biscuit too.

After feeding the Mallards under the road bridge, I carried on up towards the island.
Far too foggy to see if the Kingfishers were about, but I did spot a Little Grebe.

 A nice surprise, because I only usually see these on the south lake.

The Canada Geese were quieter this morning, and a Green Woodpecker was digging away at one of the trees. I could hear some Wigeon out on the water, but too foggy to see them. Another Chiffchaff calling round here too, but equally invisible.

At the top end, a couple of Goosander swam off into the fog, and soon disappeared from view.

Once I was up by the pub, the sun was starting to burn through the fog making it easier to see out on the water. A Kingfisher flew past, and settled in the bushes by the boat jetty; until a jogger ran past. A couple of boats were now out on the water, and the Daffodils were looking radiant, as the sun tried to skip over them.

I made my way under the road bridge, and the walk round the south lake was bathed in sunlight. Lots of geese and swans taking to the air, as more boats powered their way through the water, in their relentless journey up and down the length of the lake.
At the far end a Chiffchaff calling by the railway, a couple of Little Grebe swimming around, and five Goosander swimming briefly by the island, until they took off, and flew further down the lake, away from the boats.

I watched a Crow snapping branches from the trees to build his nest, and then watched amazed as another Crow attacked him, while he was on his nest.
A brief skirmish, and then it was all over. One flew one way, and the other flew in the opposite direction.

Walking past the offices, I could hear a sound I haven't heard yet this year. A calling Blackcap.

 I eventually managed to find him. A lovely male, flitting through the branches of a tree, and calling as he went.

I carried on to where the Robin is usually waiting, left him some seed, and then spotted a Wren.

 A couple of quick shots before he disappeared into the bushes.

Past the rowing club, and up towards Cormorant island.
The Mute Swan was doing some adjustments to her nest, the Great Black-backed Gull was busily staring into space, and the pair of Oystercatchers were just chilling in the now warm sunshine.

At the car park I could hear the Chiffchaff in the trees, another Blackcap, and a Goldfinch, posing against the now blue sky.

And to round off an enjoyable morning, a clump of Lesser Celandine, shining in the sunlight.


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)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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  37


Don't forget to put your clocks forward.


  1. Wonderful images Keith... I have a Wren and a Robin hopefully nesting in my little garden... fingers crossed.

  2. Thanks Andrew. That'll be good if they are. Let's hope so. :-)

  3. Beautiful, everyone will love them. I love the Goldfinch, it is superb.

  4. Fantastic as always to visit your page Keith, I have been having a spell of missing home, so have not popped by for awhile, seeing the countryside makes it worse.
    However, there is no mistaking the beauty of this priceless piece of the planet, especially when it is shared with such passion and artistry.

  5. Crows. They're a mystery. The pair near Tense Towers were busy with lots of tail fanning this morning. No calls, just tail fanning. Not a clue why.

  6. Thanks Bob. Had some good sunlight for the Goldfinch :-)

    Gemel, thanks for your kind comment.
    Sorry to hear you miss 'home' though.

    I think Crows like to show off at times Graeme. They usually get an unfair bad press.

  7. Hi Keith, That was an enjoyable and varied visit. The Crows had quite a scrap there! Lovely photos also, the Goldfinch looks beautiful against the blue sky.

    The Spring flowers seem to have all come out at once with this beautiful weather, I have even seen Bluebells in bud which seems pretty early to me!!

  8. nice to be back to hear the sounds that your dress Keith Lake.
    Happy day to you..

  9. Thanks Jan.
    The Bluebells seem early to me too.
    Haven't seen them that far advanced here yet.

    Thank you Niki. Glad you enjoyed it. :-)