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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


9 comments:

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

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  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 :-(

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

    Thanks Jan. I hope the swans succeed too.

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  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

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  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.

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  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

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