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

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Goosander and Chiffchaff.

Seven Goosander this morning; and at least four Chiffchaff around.

And fog.
The fog began to clear eventually, but then cloud took over.

The Mallards met me under the road bridge, and once fed, I could make my way round the north lake. Spent some time watching the Kingfishers, and managed a bit of video.
A few Goosander were swimming around up by the island, and a group of Wigeon further round.

At the top end, past the dam, up in a tree was a fine looking Sparrowhawk.

 Unfortunately he wouldn't turn round, so I had to make do with a picture from behind.

A brief glimpse of a Little Egret, as he flew further down the river.
Probably spooked by one of the dog walkers that were around by now.

Not so many birds on the water at the top arm, behind the pub, but on the boat jetty, the regular Lesser Black-backed Gull; and briefly in his nest, the Crow, on top of the pub.

A quick look at the car park, before continuing round the south lake, and I found a couple of Dunnock, in the brambles.

 I'm guessing this is maybe a female, doing some wing shaking for the male.

The Crows had a bigger apple core than usual; it wasn't very tasty, and a very aggressive Mute Swan pounced on a young cygnet, and got it trapped in the reeds.
A lot of biting round the head, and back, from the adult; and what I found rather strange, the cygnet was quite still. Apart from a few moans, it made no attempt to escape.
Finally the aggressor left it, as another cygnet foolishly swam past, and was the object of its attention. A chase was on, but the cygnet in the reeds seemed to scared to move.
I watched it for a while, but I guess it was sitting tight, hoping the bully had gone away.
An unfortunate brutal side of nature, but the adults have to make the young swans leave 'their' territory eventually.

Further along, I could hear the sound of a Chiffchaff, and after some searching, finally found him in the bushes.

 Pictures of these will get easier as the spring progresses, and they become more relaxed.

On the grass, I found an egg.

A light blue, in colour, and the size of a hens egg. Not sure what bird, but something fairly big. The only one I can think of, that is anything similar, would be a Grey Heron; but to my knowledge, none breed on the lake.
Any suggestions?

At the far end, a few Tufted Duck, and Black-headed Gulls bobbing in the water, and a couple more Goosanders.

 I've been very lucky to see these birds on a daily basis for some time now, and I never get bored of seeing them.

At the bird hide, I fed the waiting Robin, and caught sight of a couple of Little Grebes.

Past the rowing club, and some sailing boats were getting ready to take to the water.
Aaah, yes; the weekend.

Over on the island, the pair of Oystercatchers were wandering about,

 and the Mute Swan was sat on her nest.

Another great 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)
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)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
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)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41


  1. I saw my first Oystercatchers this year at Haydn's Pool today Keith and they were very vocal... a lovely sound.
    The water levels are still a bit high but a Redshank was on the new island..
    Fingers crossed it's going to be a good year.

  2. Thanks Andrew.
    Sounds very promising at your local.

  3. I don't know what the egg came from, I am not very good at that sort of thing, but I do know something, your pictures are one of the best.

  4. Thank you Bob.
    A great compliment from such an excellent photographer as yourself.