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Thursday, 19 April 2012

A walk with the Parks Trust and a Reed Warbler

I had arranged to meet up with the Parks Trust this morning, for a walk round the lake, to see what is about, and where, so a short video today.

I arrived early, so I set off round the north lake first, to see what was about, before they arrived. 
Well, plenty of rain again.

I managed a snatch of video of the Reed Warbler, so I was pleased with that, and as I got under the road bridge, I could see plenty of Swallows and Martins skimming the water.
In front of the pub, about 20 Black-headed Gulls, and half a dozen Lesser Black-backed Gulls, along with a group of Starlings.

Blackcap, Chiffchaff, and Willow Warblers were in fine voice again, and a couple of Herons fishing the edges of the lake.

Green Woodpeckers were calling, but being very secretive, and a couple of Common Terns were flying around.

I was soon round by the pub, and watching the pair of Oystercatchers through the rain, and a few Pied Wagtails on the grass.

Over the road bridge, and in time to meet up with the Parks Trust, for 8 a.m.

A quick chat, and we set off.

As we neared the top end, a pair of Great Crested Grebes were just finishing the 'head waggle' routine, before diving, to come up with some weed, for a half hearted 'weed dance' in the distance.

Highlights as we walked round the north lake were a sighting of a Kingfisher, and a Hobby, as he flew overhead. My first one this year.

The south lake had more Swallows and Martins, and up by the offices, the Mute Swan is now sitting on three eggs.

The stars this time were Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, being mobbed by some Swallows, and a Common Sandpiper down at the rowing club.

As we reached the car park, one last look for the Reed Warbler; and success, even managed a couple of pictures through the reeds.

A most enjoyable morning in the company of Martin and Dawn.

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)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Eurasian Hobby [sp] (Falco subbuteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
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 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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  46


  1. Good shot of the Reed Warbler Keith. Its been chucking it down here all morning as well.

  2. Despite the weather it looks like a good show was put on around the lake for your guests Keith? And you 'got' the Reed Warbler, excellent...[;o)

  3. Thanks Roy.
    The Reed Warbler was a tricky one, so under the circumstances, not too bad. :-)

    Cheers Trevor. Yea, had some cracking birds around this morning.

  4. Hello Keith.
    Despite the rain you've seen a lot of guests at the lake today.
    Bello the nest of Swan and the Reed Warbler in the reeds.
    it is nice to read and look at your lake in this story...

  5. We have the same weather here too and been like it all week! Still an enjoyable visit though and very well done on the Reed Warbler. How on earth do you manage to get such a good photo in those conditions?

  6. Thank you Niki, glad you enjoyed this post. I had a lovely morning, despite the weather.

    Thanks Jan; 'orrible weather ain't it lol
    The Reed Warbler was more by luck. I had to resort to manual focusing, there were so many reeds in the way.

  7. How did it go with the park bods? The Reed Warbler was superb Keith.

  8. Great shot of the reed warbler....and a terrific video today!

  9. Thanks Bob.
    It all went well with the Parks Trust. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. It was a good mornings visit.