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

Saturday, 23 June 2012

A quiet Saturday

But at least it wasn't raining.

There are a lot of geese on the lake at the moment; probably because they are going through their moult, and flying isn't an option just now. At the other extreme, there are very few Cormorants about. No idea for that one.

A fairly quiet and uneventful morning; just the usual birds around, and not so many of them as there usually is.

On the south lake, things were not much different. Plenty of wild flowers growing along the edge of the lake, but no butterflies enjoying the nectar, and very few bees either.

At the far end, the single orchid has now been joined by a few more.

A welcome splash of colour.

The Mute Swan continues to sit on her nest amongst the reeds. Must be close to hatching the eggs soon. I would guess about another week.

A few youngsters that are around, and performing acrobatics in the branches of the trees,

a group of Blue Tits.

And by the car park, amongst the reeds, the family of Coots were busily feeding.

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)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
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 Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. The quiet life is beautiful, tranquil. A brilliant shot of the Orchid.

  2. Certainly a lot of geese on the lake. What a shame to see all those wild flowers and not a butterfly in sight, it is so disappointing this year and I suppose doesn't bode too well for next year either :-( Nice to see the Coot family!

    Keith, have you any idea whether all is well with Adrian? He hasn't posted for months and used to be so prolific, I hope he's not unwell. I thought I would ask you as I know you were quite friendly with him.

  3. Hi Keith...Finally getting to come by the lake sure is nice to hear that old bloke's voice babbling on ; } lol!!
    The Coot babies in a past post are so homely they are cute..but there mom loves then : }
    The Blue Tit youngster is adorable, nice shot!
    The Orchid is gorgeous, I would love to find some here, I have only stumbled upon a few over the years!!
    Happy Coots at the car park : }}

  4. Thank you Bob.
    Unfortunately, more rain today :-(

    Thanks Jan.
    I've tried ringing Adrian, and sending a text, but heard nothing yet. I hope all is well with him.

    Thanks Grace. Yea, I do 'babble' a bit lol