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

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Sun and babies

Another sunny morning. It won't last.

After yesterdays brief visit just round the north lake, before going to see the Kestrels, I was determined to walk all the lake this morning. Quite a few birds around; but a noticeable increase of juveniles.

By the car park, I watched a group of recently fledged Blue Tits, as they expertly picked their way through a tree, searching for insects.

Further round the north lake, a female Mallard was swimming with two of her young.

not quite the silhouette I was after; but close.

Up by the dam, a lone Grey Wagtail was searching for insects, and by the weir, a female Mallard was with her two rapidly growing ducklings.

On round towards the pub, and the grass was packed with Greylag and Canada Geese. There seems to be a lot more about than usual. By the edge of the lake, the Mute Swans were relaxing with their five cygnets.

Onto the south lake, and more geese grazing the grass edges, and overhead, large numbers of Swifts.

Down by the footbridge that crosses the river, a Whitethroat was singing amongst the brambles, and an electric blue flash of a Kingfisher, as he swept along the river, and over the bridge.

At the bottom end of the lake, the Mute Swans are still sitting on their second nest. Hopefully some more cygnets soon.

Making my way past the rowing club, another Mallard appeared with six small ducklings.

Finally, back at the car park, a quick look for butterflies.
None; but lots of Damselflies.

Good to see so many youngsters this morning, enjoying the sun.

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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. Watch out for that suntan Keith!!

    Super shots and video, the Heron is a stunner! Nice to see a few 'young ones' around as well...[;o)

  2. Keith, Those ducklings are so cute!I like that heron sun bathing:)Have a great weekend!


  3. The Heron sitting in the sun and the ducklings are lovely. And, the video is amazing, lots of damselflies.

  4. Great still shot of the Heron and nice to see all the youngsters enjoying some rare sunshine.

  5. A suntan would be good Trevor lol

    Thank you Shantana.

    Thanks Bob.

    Thank you John.