Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.


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

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Rain stopped play; again.

Another cloudy and dull morning, and it soon turned to rain.

Just the north lake then, after doing the feeders.

A couple of Mallards soon appeared under the road bridge, and were quickly followed by a female. Feeding done, I was back on my way.

Making my way to where the female Mute Swan has been, I stopped for a quick look at the Common Tern first. She was still sitting on her eggs.
As I watched her through the binoculars, something flew over the lake, and settled on the far side. A Common Sandpiper.

A search for the Sedge Warbler, in his usual spot, and then on to the female Mute Swan up near the weir.

She was still swimming in her 'private' lake, so after a couple of handfuls of seed, and some bread, she seemed quite content. I tried to get her to go up the 'bridge' to the main lake, by throwing some bread as a trail, but she was having none of it.
While I was there I could hear the high pitched call of a Kingfisher, but by the time the video camera fired up, he was gone.

The rain was starting by now, so I decided to make my way back home.

A quick look at the Oystercatcher, as he was feeding by the pub, and then over the road bridge, to the car park.

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)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32


  1. Nice to see the group of cygnets and the lone swan seem content where it is.

  2. Thanks Bob. There seems no end to this dam weather.

    Thank you John. Yea, the swan did seem settled this morning.

  3. The Sandpiper was a lucky spot Keith.
    This rain is getting ridiculous now.

  4. Thanks Roy.
    More rain here again.