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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Swift, Yellow Wagtail and Hobby

Saw my first Swift of the year flying overhead this morning.

A quick glimpse of the Reed Warbler, and then on to feed the Mallards under the road bridge. They've got friends now, in the shape of Canada Geese.

Over by the pub, I could see one of the Oystercatchers, a few Common Terns flying around, and up by the swollen river, a Grey Heron was patiently waiting for breakfast to present itself.

As I passed the weir, a quick flash of a Kingfisher over the water, and still four Tufted Duck swimming around.

Round by the pub, a pair of Yellow Wagtails, lit by the sunlight, along with a few Canada Geese,

Walking towards the far end of the lake, plenty of Reed Buntings were around,

and the Sedge Warbler was still being impossible to see properly for a picture.

At the far end of the south lake a change to see a Jackdaw by the footpath.

Usually see these flying overhead in the mornings, along with the Rooks.

As I made my way towards the rowing club, a Hobby was circling overhead, and gradually glided off to the east.

The pair of Mute Swans are getting on with the new nest.
All the work this morning was by the male, while the female was swimming around, and feeding.

Swallows and House Martins were skimming over the water as I got back to the car park.

A good morning, in some sunshine, for a change.

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)
Eurasian Hobby [sp] (Falco subbuteo)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  43


  1. Lovely pair of Yellow Wags Keith. You were lucky with the weather. I spent most of my time Storm Dodging this morning, but I did get a first distant glimpse of a Sedge Warbler.

  2. Cheers Roy. I was lucky enough to dodge most of todays showers.

  3. The Yellow Wagtail is my favourite, they look so precious.

  4. Great to see Keith... and I would love to swap the weather.. it's poured down in Rainy City all day.

  5. Great Lowry legs on that heron Keith.. Been tipping it down up ere non stop.

    Out and about for a change this weekend, going to see The Hound of the Baskerville at the theatre in Harrogate... So an early have a good weekend messarge to you dude, oh and to Jimbo wolf boy

  6. Thanks Bob. They're beautiful birds.

    Thanks Andrew. Seen enough rain for a while lol

    'Lowry legs' lol Yea, now you mention it Debs, I see it :-)
    Enjoy the theatre.

  7. That's a particularly lovely photo of the Jackdaw Keith and of course I always enjoy seeing Herons.

    Another enjoyable walk with you. Good to see the Swan's nest looks to be in a safe position this time, fingers crossed!

  8. Thanks Jan. I'm hoping the swans fare better too.
    A trip to see Nightingales today, with Trevor. Back to normal tomorrow.