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

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Back to the lake

My first visit this morning, after spending a few weeks in north Wales; and I could certainly see the changes.

The area of grass in front of the feeders is about chest high, and shelters the feeders from view now. They were also empty, so first job this morning, was to fill them all.
One I couldn't reach, because the box that held the reserve supply of food, had floated away, along with the seed, when the lake flooded a few weeks ago.
It also meant that a lot of nesting birds had their efforts destroyed. There should be quite a few ducklings and goslings around the lake now, but I only saw 6 ducklings, and two goslings. No sign of any cygnets, or young Great Crested Grebes, and I'm told the nesting Kingfishers were washed out too.
The weather has certainly had a devastating effect on some of the wildlife around the lake.

The plants however, seem to have done well with all this rain.

A shame it wasn't warmer, there would have been a good number of butterflies, damsels and dragons taking advantage of the flowers.
There were plenty of Swifts around though; both the north and south lake had hundreds flying over the water and edges, along with a few House Martins.

A Sparrowhawk over the north lake unsettled a few birds briefly, and the Oystercatchers were foraging in front of the pub.
A pair of Common Terns appear to have taken up residence on the old boat on the north lake. Maybe they'll be more successful than last year.

I noticed on Cormorant island, a few eggs lying around. I'm guessing these were washed from nests when the island was under water for a while.

Not so many birds seen as usual today, but an enjoyable visit nonetheless. 

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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  33


  1. Welcome back to Keith Lake. Beautiful flowers of Wild Rose. See what happens when you're gone?. Grass grows. Birds without food. Time has done damage to the power supplies. I think that the friends of the lake have heard your absence. How to change the environment and life in a few weeks. Surprises on the way back. New broods. New lives. Maillard beautiful white and brown. Maybe I'm distracted, but I had yet seen. Beautiful flowers he brought the rain. And then how many larvae Take butterflies. Good light .. Keith Niki

  2. Thanks Niki. It was good to return after a long time away; and so many changes to see. Nature just carries on. :-)

  3. Nice to see you back at 'your' lake Keith :-) I hope you realise that if you move to Wales permanently you are going to have to take that duck with you!

    The devastation this weather has caused is awful and I dread to think of the effect on the butterflies. A walk along the canal tow path recently produced no damsels, dragons or butterflies on the vegetation whatsoever, there should have been lots :-(

    It was good to see the swan pair but such a shame about the Kingfishers!

  4. Thanks Jan. That duck is amazing lol
    He spotted me straight away.
    The weather has certainly taken its toll on the wildlife. I only saw one butterfly, briefly, all morning.

  5. I too love the wild rose, brilliant photo.

  6. Love your visits to the lake as always, hope you see more young birds in the near future.

  7. Welcome back Keith! Nature certainly moved on without you! Love the video, did you place all the feeders in the trees,if so, what a sweetheart you are to keep them filled with seed! ♥

  8. Thanks Wanda.
    Yea, I put all the feeders up, and have been topping them up daily since November 2010. Even when it snows lol