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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Reed Warbler

Another wet and windy morning.

After topping up the feeders, and feeding the gang around the car park, I heard the distinct sound of a Reed Warbler, coming from the reeds.
After much searching, I finally caught a glimpse of him. First one this year.

On round the north lake, and the Mallard and new girlfriend were waiting.
Across the lake, in front of the pub, the pair of Oystercatchers were with a small flock of Starlings, and a couple of Black-headed Gulls.
Skimming over the water were a number of Swallows, with a few Sand Martins

and one or two House Martins. I bet they'd wished they were still in Africa, with this relentless wind and rain.

The sound of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers filled the air; they seemed to be in every tree and bush.

I checked all the reed beds for more Reed Warblers or Sedge Warblers, but so far, no luck.

Four Common Terns were flying around,

and plenty of Canada Geese grazing on the grassy banks.

A brief stop under the road bridge to watch the Swallows,

and then on round the south lake.

My apple wasn't that pleasant; even the Crow decided to leave it. It must have been bad.

More Swallows and Martins were skimming over the water, and as I reached the far end, I checked in the adjacent field, under the railway line, to see what was about there.
A group of Greylag Geese were enjoying the tender shoots of the new crops, and flying above them, four Skylarks.

The Little Grebes were in their usual place, and after feeding the Robin, I made my way down by the rowing club.
I stopped again to admire the aerial acrobatics of the Swallows and Martins, and saw a Yellow Wagtail on one of the boat jetties.

A last check of the reed bed back at the car park, but no sign or sound, from the new arrival.

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)
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)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sky Lark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Yellow Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla flava)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. Hearing a Reed Warbler is one thing, seeing it is something else Keith, they are never easy.
    The forecast looks about the same for the next couple of days.{:((

  2. You did well battling against the elements again this morning Keith!! Great flight shots and video considering the conditions.

    I guess we should be grateful for the wind noise as I reckon there were a few expletives buried in that sound track at one point!!...[;o)

    Looks like you may have to fix that camera with a new one!

  3. Thanks Roy. It took a while to find him, but I was determined to see it, rather than just say I heard one.
    I've had enough of this rain already lol

    Thanks Trevor. Yea, the voice got lost a bit amongst the wind. lol
    Ordered a new camera today. Can't be without one, and this one is getting a bit unreliable. :-(

  4. The Reed Warbler, the Sand Martins and Swallows all of them are around you; I haven't seen one yet. Brilliant photos, flying birds.

  5. By the way, do you know what has happened to Adrian?

  6. It certainly looked inhospitable there Keith and about the same here.

    The Reed Warblers (and Sedge Warblers) are never easy to see, it was good to hear it though.

    It seems you need some new apples as well as the camera ;-)

  7. Lovely images Keith... Sands have returned and are feeding but haven't returned to the man made bank at Haydyn's Pool so far.
    It was added a few years ago... last year was the first time the birds nested.

  8. Thanks Bob. It's great to watch these birds flying around.
    Last I heard from Adrian, he was OK; just taking a break from blogging for a while. I'll try and ring him later.

    Thank you Jan. It's been terrible the last few mornings. Since they announced a drought, it hasn't stopped raining lol

    Thanks Andrew. I hope they nest at your sand bank again.