Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Saturday 16th June 2012

Inspiring title.

Cloudy and windy to start, but the sun made an effort in the end.

Trevor gave me a bag of suet pellets the other day; the birds don't seem to like them in his garden, so we put them in one of the feeders here.
They must be rough, because after three days, even the squirrels wouldn't touch them.

A good selection of warblers around the car park area this morning; all in fine voice.
A couple of recently fledged Wood Pigeons were sat in one of the trees too.

Plenty of geese under the road bridge again, and my pair of Mallards came running over when they saw me.

No sign of any Kingfishers around the island. It seems they have left here, after getting flooded out a few weeks ago. And more bad news up at the top end of the north lake. The young Common Tern that was on the boat yesterday, has disappeared.
As I feared yesterday, a victim of the many predators around the lake.

Plenty of Swifts flying overhead, and a lone Sparrowhawk casually flew amongst them, but seemed uninterested in making a meal of any of them.

One bird that was making a meal though, was a Great crested Grebe.

 they seem to enjoy these crayfish

Onto the south lake, and the wind seemed to be picking up a bit.
Dark clouds were racing overhead, but they soon gave way to some blue sky; and sunshine.

The Common Bird's-foot Trefoil shone like gold in the sunlight.

A Garden Warbler was picked out by the sun as he tried to hide amongst the bushes,

and a couple of Blackcaps were calling from the bushes lining the river.

A few boats were out on the lake by now; well, it is the weekend.

The sun was still shining, highlighting the Yellow Flag around the lake edges.

Past the rowing club, and back towards the car park.

A quick search through the long grass for butterflies, but none to be found.

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)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  37


  1. I don't know how that Grebe gets that crayfish down its neck Keith.

  2. The weather ain't nothing like you've it over there, it is terrible here. A lovely birds on your patch.

  3. Hi Keith, It certainly was a wild wind in your video and it's just as bad here! What a pathetic excuse for Spring we have had this year :-(

    Such a shame about the young Tern and the Mallard duckling, as you say they are so vulnerable at that stage.

    Lovely to see the Garden Warbler, now that is one I could confuse with a Chiffchaff!

    Lovely photo of the Iris.

  4. You've got a fussy ol' lot around there, don't they know good food when they see it? (It was worth a try anyway!)

    A bit of a windy walk this morning?

    Shame about all the 'missing' chicks, the wildlife has certainly had a hard time of it so far this year!

    Great images and video...[;o)

  5. Roy, he struggled with it for ages, but managed in the end. :-)

    Thanks Bob. Not much of a summer is it.

    Thanks Jan. Yea, the Garden Warbler is a pretty plain looking bird. Its song sounds like a speeded up Blackcap.

    It's been very hard for the wildlife this year Trevor. Let's hope they can fight back.

  6. Hello Keith..
    Even absent the butterflies.
    Perhaps the rain has scattered the eggs.
    As the landscape changes every day, and their movements.
    Changing is the nature..
    good Light..

  7. Thanks Niki. I think you could be right. All this constant rain has had a harsh effect on a lot of the wildlife.