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

Friday, 20 April 2012

Two Reed, one Sedge and no eggs.

A pleasant change to walk round the lake in sunshine this morning, after this weeks rain.

I soon found the Reed Warbler amongst the reeds this morning,

churning out his catchy tune. He's still proving to be a bit camera shy though.

The car park area was full of the sounds of Blackcap, Robin, Blackbird, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. Fantastic to hear so many birds singing in the morning.
The pair of Mallards met me under the road bridge, and over by the pub, the pair of Oystercatchers were feeding along with a group of Black-headed Gulls.

Up by the island, it was good to see a Kingfisher fly past the nest site, and land in the trees. Maybe they've not left the nest after all.
The Heron was in his usual place, and soon left as I got too close.

In the reed bed past the bandstand, the sound of another Reed Warbler. Difficult to see, but eventually he gave me a quick glimpse. That makes two so far.

Very little at the top end of the lake now, apart from a couple of Coots, a pair of Great Crested Grebes, a Cormorant drying his feathers on the boat, and a pair of Tufted Duck.
At the moment there are three pairs of Tufted Duck spread around the lake. Maybe they will nest here? If they do, now would be the time.

Round past the pub, and I was amused to see a Greylag Goose surrounded by Starlings.

Yes, little things amuse me at times. Must be the tablets; but it kind of reminded me of the Pied Piper.

Ok, I'll move on.

The south lake had one hungry Crow, who patiently waited for his apple, and a couple of Swallows were taking a much needed rest, perched up in a tree.

Close to the edge of the lake, a pair of Mute Swans were making all the right moves prior to some mating. The female suddenly changed her mind though, much to the annoyance of the male.
No further comment.

As I made my way down the path, towards the far end, I heard a scratchy sound coming from some bushes. A sound similar to a Reed Warbler, but coarser, with a few whistles thrown in. Had to be a Sedge Warbler; they have a tendency to call from bushes more than a Reed Warbler.
I stood searching with eyes and ears, and eventually managed a couple of glimpses as he moved through the bushes. Finally he briefly climbed a branch and sat long enough for me to see his creamy coloured eye stripe; but not long enough for a picture.
Another day then.

At the far end, a quick look to see if the Orchids have made any more progress through the earth, and then on to the bird pallet, and feed the Robin.

Up by the offices, I looked in on the nesting Mute Swans.

Unfortunately the three eggs that were there yesterday, have disappeared.
I imagine predated by something.
I've been told by a couple of people that they've seen mink around there, so maybe they are the culprits?

Finally I got back to the car park, and a Song Thrush gave me a perfect back view.


Full list of today's sightings

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)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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 Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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 Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. Nice to have a bit of sun for a change this morning Keith!

    Well done with the Reed Warbler picture and I'm looking forward to seeing one of the Sedge Warbler for

    It's sad to see that the Swans have lost their eggs (what do you think, wildlife or humans?) But on a good note maybe there's still some hope for the Kingfishers?...[;o)

  2. Sedge Warbler, hmmm, I'll try Trevor lol
    I think the swans have lost the eggs to possibly a mink. They've been seen round there, I'm told. A shame.

  3. Sounded like a Sedge Keith. This means we should be getting Reed and Sedge warblers soon.

  4. Hi Keith... I love that first photo of the Reed Warbler ..I can see how hard it would be in those thick reeds to see him!!
    You and that mallard have formed quite the relationship : }}
    Sad for the Swans...but I suppose that's nature, what can you do...hope the Kingfisher has a chance!!
    Hugs my friend!!
    PS..20/20 vision now in my done eye : }}..left one gets done this coming Wednesday!!

  5. Watching the Mallards I think you are the Pied Piper lol.

  6. I suppose it takes one Pied Piper to recognise another ;-)

    Well done with the lovely Reed Warbler photo and good luck with the Sedge Warbler, I spent ages by a hedge containing one last year and eventually came to the conclusion it was having a laugh with me, all I got was an occasional glimpse but it never once stopped 'talking' ;-)

    Such a shame about the Swan's eggs!

  7. Thanks Roy. It seems all the regular warblers are gradually arriving now.

    Thanks Grace. Those two Mallards spot me from the other side of the lake lol

    I think you could be right John lol

    Thanks Jan. That Sedge Warbler wasn't easy to spot. I'm hoping to get a picture tomorrow though. :-)

  8. The Reed Warbler is beautiful, singing from the reeds, my favourite.

  9. Thanks Bob. I love seeing these birds too.

  10. Awesome Reed Warbler!! AND SWALLOW, Too bad about the 3 eggs!

  11. Thanks Sondra. I'm hoping for more warblers turning up over the next few days.
    It's always sad to see eggs disappearing from nests like that. A pair of Great Crested Grebes had nested close by, with one egg a few days ago. That has gone too.