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Sunday, 1 July 2012

1st July 2012

It's been a tough week.

Well, my first post from the lake since Jim's death; but not my first visit. 
The sun was shining, and as well as being a weekend, that means it brings out people and boats.
Just a visit round the north lake then.

A lot of geese are gathering round the lake at the moment, along with a lot of last years cygnets. Around the car park area, there were lots of other juvenile birds.
Whitethroat, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Chaffinch, all chasing each other through the trees and bushes.

Blue Tit

Good to see so many 'new' birds.

By the footbridge, a young Magpie sat in the sun, posing and preening.

As I made my way round the north lake, more juvenile birds were flitting between the branches, and when I reached the footbridge by the bandstand, I watched a pair of very protective Coots feeding their young.
A few Mallards made the mistake of getting just a little too close at times, and were soon sent on their way by one of the watchful parents.

Up at the top end, I searched through the tall wet grass for some butterflies. A good stretch of grasses and wild flowers; mostly Ragwort.

Top marks to the Parks Trust for letting this area flourish through the summer months.

It's a good spot usually for Marbled White, but this year however, I haven't seen any.

There were a lot of damselflies though, mostly Common Blue,

and I did manage to find a couple of Skipper butterflies. I thought at first, Small Skipper, but after looking at the video, and some of the pictures, I'm certain I saw one of each.

Large Skipper

Out on the boat, that just floats up at this end, a Common Tern has been sat all week, as though she is on eggs. This may be the same pair that had a young one a few weeks ago. This baby tern disappeared, as did the three young ones that were born last year.
I thought these terns only had one brood per year; but maybe they are trying for a second?

By the weir, the Sedge Warbler was calling from his usual perch.

He calls for some time, then climbs slowly into the air, like a Skylark, still singing, and then parachutes down, to continue his song again. He puts 100% into his display.

Opposite the weir, is a stretch of water, and some steps up to the path. It's part of the overflow system I believe, and quite often young ducklings finish up in water, and eventually get back to the main lake via the piece of wood, thoughtfully left there, as a bridge. Bigger birds manage to fly up.
At the moment, a female Mute Swan has been swimming up and down this stretch of water all week, seemingly unable to get back onto the lake. My best guess is at the moment she is in the process of moulting, and unable to fly.
There is plenty of weed in this stretch of water, so she is unlikely to starve; but I wish she'd hurry up and get back on the lake.

Up by the pub, the Oystercatcher was mingling with the large number of geese, and by now a few boats were out on the water, and joggers pounding round the footpath.

Time for me to go.

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)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  33


  1. Hi Keith...I happy to see you have had a visit to the lake before this like it there so a good place to spent some time to refresh a bit!!
    To bad it's a lovely day and it has to be on a Sunday ; }
    That Swan seem to be content where she is, but somebody needs to show here how to climb that up for the job Lol!!
    The Sedge Warbler is quite the songster, he sure belts out a long sting of notes !!
    I enjoyed as usual your video and photo's!!

  2. I have seen a few L/Skipper Keith, but only about one Sedge Warbler this year.

  3. Thanks Grace. Yea, the lake is a great place to reflect on life.
    Not sure I'm ready to wade into the water for the swan yet though lol

    We've got quite a few Sedge Warblers around the lake this year; and Large Skippers seem second to Speckled Wood so far this year. Nothing like the numbers we should be seeing though.

  4. A beautiful collection you found, mostly juvenlile.

  5. SO nice to know lots of young are going into the mix, thats great news...lovely photo of the young magpie!!
    Hope that swan finds her way!!

  6. Thanks Bob.

    Thank you Sondra. The swan was still there this morning. :-(