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Sunday, 15 July 2012

The cygnets are born.

A beautiful sunny morning, for a change.

I haven't visited here for a couple of days, so the feeders needed some attention.
After filling them, I had a quick look over at Cormorant island, before setting off round the north lake.
Out in the distance, one of the Mute Swans was swimming with her five cygnets.

I breathed a sigh of relief, because a couple of days earlier, after a very quick visit, I'd spotted a lone cygnet swimming around, very early in the morning. I wondered if it would survive on its own, so early. I watched it for a while, and it seemed to be swimming towards the island, eventually. I hoped it would quickly get back to the safety of its nest.

At the footbridge, by the car park, an unusual sight this morning.

A Treecreeper, investigating the wooden structure for insects.

The Oystercatcher flew in by the pub, and joined a few geese there. Lots of Starlings too, and quite a build up of Black-headed Gulls now; including some juveniles.

As I passed the island, that had the nesting Kingfishers, until they got flooded out, a Common Sandpiper flew along the bank.

Further round the lake, a group of Canada Geese were grazing close to the edge, and amongst them, one poor soul with a foot missing.

Up at the boat, the Common Tern still sits on her eggs, and this morning she seemed a little upset as four Mallards began preening on the boat. I doubt they would be cause for anything untoward, but she obviously was not happy with their close proximity.

As I made my way past the pub, a Greylag Goose gave me a quick warning to keep moving.

She had a couple of young ones close by, and was being very protective.

A big group of mixed geese were on the footpath as I began my way down the south lake. They slowly moved; some towards the safety of the water, the rest went further along the grass.

The pair of Great Crested grebes with their three young ones were happily enjoying the sun, as they drifted on the water, and in the long grass and wild flowers, it was good to see plenty of butterflies.
All Meadow Browns, but still good to see them on the wing.

Finally at the far end of the lake, I spotted a pair of Mute Swans with a couple of cygnets.

Was this the pair that had a second attempt at nesting, after the first nest was vandalised?

I checked the male through the binoculars. If it was the same pair, he would have an orange band with a number, on his left leg.
He did.
It was great to see this pair with two healthy looking cygnets, after their earlier setback.
I watched them for ages, and felt so pleased that they had finally been successful.

A very good pair of parents; last year they successfully raised some young cygnets, and this year they had done it again, despite human intervention.

I finally made my way back towards the car park.

As I passed the town houses, a small group of Swifts were flying overhead, and with them four House Martins. Only four. Previous years have seen a big number of these birds at this time of the year; sadly, not this year.

The boats were starting to come out on the water by now, and a few joggers jogging; but I'd had a great morning.

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 Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35


  1. Can't get the video but it's good to see the swans have overcome the attentions of the bloody townies.

  2. So unusual to see the Treecreeper out in the open like that Keith and it was that you got a Marbled White now.

  3. Mukavia Kesä-Idyllejä...
    Joutsen-Äiti on tuossa 'ykkös-kuvassa' kohta melkoisen vaativan tehtävän edessä.
    Joutsenen poikasilla on melkoiset taipumukset häipyä omille teilleen...
    Olen nähnyt Laulujoutsenen pojat seikkailemassa purolla.
    Eivär olleet tietääkseen Emon komennoista...

  4. Looking good around the lake this morning Keith. Nice to see the Mute Swans were succesful this time, just the Terns to go now then?...[;o)

  5. Hi Keith...Wonderful to see the sun shining, and all looking happy to be basking in the sunshine!!
    Watching those Swan's and there cygnets is mesmerizing,they are so adorable!!
    Hope your weather stays that way, and you are doing okay!

  6. 5 Cygnets are beautiful, nice to see them too. And the Treecreeper.

  7. It's all happening in your neck of the woods Keith. Great shots of the cygnets and nice to see the Tree Creeper out in the open.

  8. Thanks Adrian. Yea, I'm glad the swans were successful this time.

    Thanks Roy. A big surprise to see the Treecreeper out on the footbridge.

    Thanks Eko. The swan parents certainly work very hard.

    Thanks Debs lol

    Trevor, should be soon for the Terns.

    Thanks Grace. It was lovely to see some sun for a change.

    Thanks Bob. Not had so many cygnets born this year unfortunately.

    Thanks John. Yea, busy time at the lake now.

  9. The lake is def the place to be right now with all the young ones and the ones still nesting..The photos are perfect Keith.

  10. Thanks Sondra. Always plenty here if the time is taken to look. Sadly some of our local birders can't be bothered to look, so they report, 'nothing about'.

  11. So glad you are able to enjoy some sunshine. You always manage to find all the birds, maybe they only come out for you! The cygnets are adorable,

  12. So good to see the Cygnets Keith especially the tiny ones, mum and dad should be very proud after what happened earlier. That tern was giving the Mallards a good telling off :-)

    Glad you got some sun, we had a little but today has been awful again. I wondered if the Treecreeper on the fence was indicative of how few insects there are and it had been forced to hunt away from tree trunks. I heard that the National Trust have said the effect of the weather on wildlife this year is 'near apocalyptic' :-(

  13. Thanks Wanda. It's a little bit more difficult this time of the year to find some of the birds; makes me work a bit harder lol

    Jan, I think you're right about the Treecreeper, and lack of food. The wildlife has really suffered this year. A severe winter will be devastating.