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Friday, 15 June 2012

Monster Fish

The morning started sunny

but soon got cloudy, with rain following.

A large group of Greylag Geese were under the road bridge this morning, and an equal number of Canada Geese over by the pub. A couple of Herons dotted around the edge, and up by the dam, a Grey Wagtail. And overhead, lots of Swifts again.

On the boat, at the top end of the north lake, I caught a brief glimpse of a young Common Tern chick.

Last year they managed to raise three young ones, but lost them all, one by one. No doubt to the many predators that are around the lake, that would see a tiny Tern chick as a tasty snack. I hope this one manages to survive.

Up by the weir, the female Mallard was swimming around with her two youngsters,

and a male was happy to pose in the sporadic sunshine.

As I made my way round the south lake, I watched as a Great Crested Grebe struggled with a large crayfish. Eventually he managed to swallow it, but it took him some time.

At the far end three large fish were swimming close together, splashing around, and breaking the surface of the water. I'm no fish expert, but it seemed to me that two males were vying for the 'attention' of a female.
I could be wrong though.

A few Pied Wagtails around the rowing club, an Oystercatcher over on Cormorant island, along with plenty of geese, and eventually back at a cloudy car park.

At least the rain kept off until I got home.

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)
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)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35


  1. There was certainly a lot of commotion going on with those fish! The GCG could have done with a knife and fork :-)

    I enjoyed seeing the newly fledged Blue Tits on the previous video and the ducklings of course.

  2. Great post Keith, the male Mallard shot is a stunner and that looked like some fine fish specimens there!!

    Time to break the rods out?[;o)

  3. The Common Terns chick has got to be lovely and the monster, wow.

  4. Thank you Jan. There's some pretty big fish in this lake.
    Good to see a few ducklings about now, after the flooding here a few weeks ago.

    Think I'll leave the fishing to the experts Trevor lol

    Thank you Bob. I hope the little Tern chick survives.

  5. Fantastic read can I ask where you normally see the fish as I am preparing to do a campaign on the water any info would be really appreciated. Keep up the great work

  6. Thanks Peter.
    These particular fish were on the south lake, around the area by the rowing club.