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

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Wind and rain

A strong southerly wind, bringing with it quite heavy rain.
Goodness, I sound like the start of one of Mr. Evans's bird reports.

It rained, and it was windy. 'orrible weather.

I just did the north lake this morning, and then gave up, and headed for the shops, for some supplies.

Quite a few Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins flying around in front of the pub, three Common Terns battling their way through the wind, to get on the south lake, and the pair of Oystercatchers were foraging in front of the pub, along with a large number of Starlings.

Interesting to see three Pochard on the lake; I thought they had all gone, and still a couple of Tufted Duck around.

Not much of anything else though.
I did manage a picture of the Oystercatchers in the rain though.

And now the sun is out........typical!!

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  27


  1. Im up early today...and your day is well under way! We expect some rain later too, we need it so I'll be happy to not have to water my garden. The birds look great even in the rain.

  2. Hi Keith, I was just getting to the end of one of my rambles ;-) when everything crashed and I lost the lot :-( Just to say I enjoyed both this and the previous post. Glad the Mallard has a new wife and nice to see close views of the Oystercatchers. A shame if the Kingfishers have abandoned the nest as mentioned yesterday. Lovely Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler photos yesterday too.

    Your mention of Mr Evans reminded me that coincidentally, I wondered, while reading your Ring Ouzel post last week, if he might have been the leader of the 'grown ups' you encountered?

  3. Well done for getting out there this morning Keith! Even the Oystercatchers didn't look like they were enjoying it too much!!...[;o)

  4. Nice Oystercatchers. We had a windy day, but no rain.

  5. Thanks Sondra. We need the rain here too. Just wish it was at night though lol

    Thanks Jan. Hope the computer's behaving itself now.
    The grown up leader wasn't the Mr Evans I mentioned lol

    Trevor, it was bloody awful this morning. I must be mad. lol

    Thanks Bob. The sun started shining here once I got home. Typical! lol

  6. Fine shot with the oyster catchers in the rain! Enjoyed the video too, wish for a great spring to arrive soon!

  7. Thanks Amila. Our weather is going from one extreme to the other at the moment.

  8. Wonderful images of your day..