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

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Yellow Wagtail

Quick, early visit again; still waiting for parcels.

Very dull and dark, with constant drizzly rain; not ideal for pictures.

Managed a quick glimpse of the Reed Warbler this morning, and then made my way round the north lake.

The Mallards appear like magic these days, and once fed, I can carry on my way.

Lots of singing warblers this morning, but I've still not found any new arrivals yet.

The Common Terns continue to swoop down over the water, and it's getting close to the time when Black Terns arrived last year for a couple of days. No sign yet though.

Something that made me smile this morning, was a pair of Mallards on a large puddle.
The second biggest lake in Milton Keynes, and they favour a puddle.

 Ain't birds great!

Up by the pub, a few Starlings probing the soggy grass, along with a few Black-headed Gulls, and as I made my way under the road bridge, the two Mallards found me again. Cheeky pair.

I managed to find the calling Sedge Warbler in his now usual spot,  amongst the brambles. A fleeting few glimpses though, as he moves about a lot, and seems to keep very low.

At the far end, a couple of Little Grebes, and some Tufted Duck, and near the bird pallets, a few young bunnies.

Finally, as I got to the rowing club, the pair of Yellow Wagtails were about, with a couple of Pied Wagtails.

Very wary though, and not easy to get close to for pictures.

Back at the car park area, a couple of Greenfinches on the feeders, and the very noisy Reed Warbler still calling.

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)
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)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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 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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41


  1. Ah well, you don't get disturbed by canoes if you stay in the puddles lol.
    I noticed the Grey Wagtails had returned to the local cricket field since they started mowing it again. Like yours, they are impossible to get close to. I haven't seen a Yellow Wagtail, they look quite striking.

  2. 5-30am. I didn't know you could go birding in the middle of the night Keith.
    Those Mallards are obviously Ambassadors work for Anglian Water.{:)

  3. Yea, you're right there John lol

    The Yellow Wagtails are lovely to see, especially if it's sunny.

  4. Roy, best time of the day; hardly a soul about lol

  5. Some days it's nice to just break away from the the normal and kick back somewhere quiet! Looks like the two Mallards are doing just that.

  6. I bet the other Mallards are so envious of that posh couple, who've just moved in on the other side of the wall, having their own private pond!
    Nice shots of the Yellow Wags, can you get them to stay around till my next visit!!?...[;o)

  7. I love your Yellow Wagtail, he is superb.

  8. Nice to read you had a good day Keith.

  9. Great Wagtail shot...LOVE the Puddle mallards, they are doing life THEIR WAY!!

  10. Thanks Andrew :-)

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, quite often I've seen Mallards in big puddles lol