Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Monday, 25 June 2012

Plenty of young now, and even a butterfly.

A lovely sunny morning; and it brought the birds with it.

Quite a few young Magpies around the car park, and a juvenile Robin watched me closely as I topped up the feeders. A small group of young Great Tits were in the trees, waiting for me to leave, so they could get on with what it was they were doing before I interrupted them, and plenty of Swifts flying over the tree tops, snatching the flies.

There's still a huge number of geese on the lake; seems to be more everyday.
A couple of Mallards appeared under the road bridge, looking for some seed, so I couldn't disappoint them. And further round the north lake, a group of young Blue Tits were moving through the trees, searching for their food.

Near the footbridge, by the bandstand, the Mute Swan was with her five cygnets, looking very grown up now.

As I made my way towards the pub, the Oystercatcher was laying low in the grass.

Barely visible.

On round the south lake, and I saw my first juvenile Great Crested Grebe, frantically trying to hitch a lift on its mums back. Let's hope a few more appear over the next few days.

At the bottom of the south lake, a quick look at the orchids growing there,

and then up towards the bird hide. No sign of any Little Grebes, but further on, in the grass, a rare sight.

My first butterfly here for some time. A Speckled Wood. A shame he had a large chunk of wing missing.

The Mute Swan was still sat on her nest, and in the distance, over by the island, another Great Crested Grebe with a young one on her back.

At the rowing club, a Mallard was taking a break in the sun, with her four rapidly growing ducklings.

Round by the houses, two more female Mallards, with even smaller ducklings.
One with nine, the other with seven. I wonder how many will make it to the weekend.

And overhead, a Buzzard was circling, and gradually climbing higher on the thermals.

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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


  1. HI Keith...So glad you have a lovely sunny day!!
    Still feeding the Breakfast Club Mallards I see, almost have to or get run down ; }
    Those Mallard duckling as just adorable, and the Grebe with the little one on her back ..I love it!!
    It is a great time of year for sure!!
    The delicate design on that Orchid is lovely!

  2. Thanks Grace. Yea, certainly a good time of the year. So much new life to see.

  3. It is lovely to see them with their young ones, oh.

  4. Thanks Bob. They seem to be doing quite well now.

  5. Really good to see all the youngsters Keith...and a butterfly! Isn't it a shame to be so thrilled to see the odd butterfly at a time when we should be seeing them everywhere? I was so pleased to see a couple myself the other day...but there should have been lots!!

    I love the orchid photo and the one of the ducklings.

  6. Thanks Jan. Yea, nature seems all over the place at the moment.

  7. Wonderful video showing all the families. The young ones are so cute. I love the grebes and the coots. Great post and photos. Have a great day!

  8. Lovely to see Keith.. butterflies are having a rough time this year.