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

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Little Egret, Oystercatchers, Chiffchaff, Goosanders and Kingfisher.

And I nearly didn't go out.

Jim had a rough night last night, being constantly sick, so by first light we were both tired. His stomach seemed to have settled by then, so I took a chance and did a quick visit of the north lake.
Some great birds, and Jim seems a bit better now, although not still right.

A quick look on Cormorant island found four Goosander, and the biggest surprise was the pair of Oystercatchers. Good to see them again, after not seeing them for a while.
And a steady drizzle of rain. No pictures today then.

The pair of Mallards met me under the road bridge for breakfast, and a group of Canada Geese are also getting in on the act now.

Making my way up towards Kingfisher island, I soon found one on guard duty, sitting in the trees. By now the rain was getting quite heavy.
A small group of Wigeon grazing on the grass, a few boats going up and down the lake, and in the trees, the unmistakeable sound of a Chiffchaff.
I was determined to see him, and after a bit of searching, managed to find him.

At the top end, two Goosander flew in, and landed on the river, and on the grass, briefly, three Little Egret. They soon flew up into the trees though, but still gave some good views.

Round towards the pub, and the other rowing club were getting ready to take to the water. A few joggers and dog walkers were about by now, and along with steady rain, I decided to head back to the car park.

Short visit, but very rewarding.

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)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31


  1. 'orrible morning Keith, well done for braving it!!

    Nice to see the Oystercatchers back on the island, and well done for tracking down that elusive Chiffchaff...[;o)

    I hope Jim gets well soon.

  2. Hi Keith, Poor old Jim! How is he now?

    Hope you don't mind me commenting on yesterday's post here but I really enjoyed it. It was so lovely and Springlike, such a treat to see the Violets and Cowslips and of course the very welcome Chiffchaff. it seems really early for Cowslips! Farcical was exactly the right description for the tree saga, it beggars belief!

    We were supposed to have rain today but none so far, very dull though. Great that the Chiffchaff was in evidence again today and that the Oystercatchers were there.

    I hope Jim feels much better very soon. Louis hasn't been too good lately either.

  3. Cheers Trevor. The Chiffchaff was pretty elusive to begin with, but I found him eventually.
    I found my elusive software too :-)

    Thanks Jan. Jim's a bit better, but still not 100%.
    It's good to see all the signs of spring now. Should be seeing more new birds soon too. :-)

  4. I hope that Jim is alright, give him a big hug from all us. Great video.

  5. Thank you Bob.
    He seems a lot better at the moment. :-)

  6. I hope Jim recovers soon.. another lovely walk around your patch.

  7. Cheers Andrew. I'm hoping for some uninterrupted sleep tonight :-)
    He seems better at the moment.