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

Saturday, 7 July 2012

A bit of sun, geese and butterflies.

Interesting mix this morning.

The sun shone, cloud came, sun shone and then the cloud again.
At least the birds were consistent.

Around the car park area were Whitethroat and Blackcap, and Swifts flying overhead.
Out on the lake, a lot of Mute Swans and Greylag Geese. No sign of any Canada Geese though; I found them later at the top end of the north lake.

A couple of Coots were busy arguing as I made my way up to the dam.
A Sparrowhawk lazily flew overhead, not bothering with the Swifts that seemed unbothered by his presence.

At the spot where the Mute Swan seemed stuck for a few days, her place had been taken by two Canada Geese. They swam up and down the channel, and made a few unsuccessful attempts to jump up to the main lake.
A large group of their companions were swimming close by, after their grazing efforts were disturbed earlier.
A Pied and a Grey Wagtail were searching for insects along the top wall, and eventually the two geese made their way up the wooden ladder, to join the rest of their group. A lot of honking followed, as though they were being greeted by the rest.

Up towards the pub, preparations were being made for an imminent marathon race. and the Oystercatcher was on one of the boat jetties with a Black-headed Gull.

On to the south lake, and the Crows were waiting for their apple. And getting quite bold at times too.

At the far end, by the footbridge over the river, amongst the long grass, was masses of Meadowsweet.

Along with the other wild flowers, and the sunshine, it was attracting a lot of damselflies,

 Common Blue

and butterflies.


Meadow Brown

Marbled White

Lovely to see so many butterflies for a change.

Another wildflower making a big impact now is this one.

Lady's Bedstraw

The Mute Swan is still sitting on her nest amongst the reeds, and a Great Crested Grebe swimming with her three chicks, was keeping close to reeds.

The boats were out in force by now. The sun had hidden behind the clouds, and the joggers were pounding the footpaths.

Time to call it a day.

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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. Hi Keith...The Marbled White is a striking butterfly ,and makes a nice photo on the daisy!!
    The wild flower are beauties..makes for great insect an butterfly photos!!
    Those squabbling Coot's made me jump when they went at each other lol surprised me even though you said they had one..all looked so calm at first : }!
    Great that the Geese have learned the ladder trick : } !
    Enjoyed the walk!!

  2. An enjoyable video and lovely photos again Keith. Good to see you had at least a little sunshine. We have barely had any but lots of heavy downpours and yesterday it rained steadily without a pause all day!

    Lovely shot of the Marbled White, I saw some here last week, they really are lovely butterflies.

    Coots arguing? Surely not ;-) So pleased those Canada Geese managed to get themselves out of trouble, it's a jolly good job that 'bridge' is there!

  3. I love the Oystercatcher, that's my favourite, but, the best is the Marbled White butterfly, superb.

  4. Thanks Grace, Yea, I had a good morning here.

    Thanks Jan. Those geese learnt quicker than the swan. :-)

    Thank you Bob. Lovely butterflies the Marbled White, aren't they.

  5. The weather was kind up here today Keith... the Marbled White is a beauty and not a species I see this far north.

  6. They are a lovely butterfly Andrew.
    Haven't seen the usual numbers this year though.

  7. Excellent video Keith I really enjoyed 'the walk'.

    And yet another new skill you've got...teaching Geese to climb ladders, what next?

    And the Marbled White image...a cracker...[;o)

  8. Cheers Trevor.
    I wish I had the 'skill' to stop this rain. lol

  9. Ill take your rain..its so HOT n Dry here right plants are dying..
    Great photos today, that marbled white is such a beauty and all the birds too of course..I really enjoy todays video.
    I wonder why they dont figure out....that back bit of water...I guess the steps confuse them?

  10. Sondra, if only we could swap some weather. :-)