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Monday, 23 April 2012

Roosting cygnets and a calling Sedge Warbler

Just about sums it up this morning.

A very quick, early visit; expecting some parcels any day, and a short video because of the camera batteries.

No sign of the Otter this morning, so after looking at a group of roosting cygnets on the south lake, (last years youngsters), I made my way quickly round the north lake.

The usual warblers about, and I managed to see most of them. Still only two Reed Warblers on the lake, and one Sedge Warbler.

Up by the pub, a female Chaffinch was busily collecting nesting material, and the pair of Oystercatchers were feeding along with a group of Black-headed Gulls.

The south lake still has the single elusive Sedge Warbler. A shame I didn't have more time to search for him.

The Mute Swans that had their eggs stolen, appear to be building a second nest, in great earnest, further along, and well hidden in the reeds. Let's hope they have more success this time.
Strange to see them building it, but then taking a break, and the male going back to sit on the old nest.

Eventually, back at the car park area, a quick look for the Reed Warbler, and then home. A bit like speed birding today.

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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. The Swans are losing their eggs, thieves have been at it again. Nice video.

  2. I'm sure you'll get that Sedge Warbler before long :-) I do hope the Swans manage to nest safely this time...such a shame especially if it was human interference :-(

  3. Thanks Bob. There's some nasty people around.

    Thanks Jan. I hope the swans succeed too.

  4. I think you are using a fairly new camera Keith. Does it have built in GPS? I know from reading many reviews that having GPS turned on can eat batteries as it continually tracks the satellites.

  5. Thanks John.
    No, the problem with the batteries is that they only charge when the camera is plugged in at home. The camera has developed a fault, that means when it is switched off with the battery in place, (when I'm out), it turns off and on, draining the battery. New camera coming on Wednesday hopefully.

  6. Let's hope the Swans have more success this time Keith, and that Sedge Warbler, still being elusive eh!...[;o)

  7. I hope the cameras sorted soon Keith.
    Which one? I have started to have look at some the big zoom bridges after viewing some of Adam Tilts images. Any reviews of the Canon SX40

  8. Well it will fun to have a new camera...BOY I'd love one!! BUT I had to get a new phone, Camera is on the list but pretty far down...with all the working Im doing I hardly get time to use it..
    SO sad about the swan eggs..hope they can get a second batch on the nest.

  9. Trevor, that Sedge is a nightmare to see lol

    Thanks Andrew. The camera I use for the video is the Sony Handycam, PJ10E. Great little pocket sized thing. I did have a Fuji Finepix HS20 bridge camera, but wasn't over impressed with it. Went back to the bigger Canon, and zoom.

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, can't wait for the camera to arrive. I think I overworked the last one; I use them everyday. lol