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

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Sunshine, rubbish and a couple of losses

A sad fact of life is, when the sun shines, dirty buggers leave their rubbish in the countryside for someone else to pick up.

The sun shone this morning, and a quick walk round the lake revealed the usual birds, with plenty of calling/singing Reed Warblers, in the reeds by the car park.
A Song Thrush was out looking for an early worm, as I made my way under the road bridge, and a couple of Herons were hoping for fish, along the edge of the lake.

Up at the boat, with the Common Terns, it seems as though a chick has been lost already. I could only see one this morning.

By the pub, a large group of Black-headed Gulls, a couple of Cormorants, and one of the Oystercatchers.
Walking round the edge, I got my usual 'hissing' greeting from one of the Greylags.

The Crows were along the footpath of the south lake, and the warm sun had stirred the butterflies, who were fluttering around in the long grass.

The sound of more Reed Warblers coming from the reeds; one even brave enough to sit out in the open, calling. Some video, but when I reached for the camera, he decided to hide a bit.

At the far end of the lake, the Mute Swans that had struggled to raise a family of two, are now sadly down to one cygnet.

As I got past the offices, sitting on their nest was a cheeky Moorhen. I think he'll soon move when they come home.

A Sparrowhawk flew overhead, being pursued by a group of Swifts, and by the rowing club, two Herons enjoying the sun.

Finally, back at the car park, and the Reed Warblers were still warbling.

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)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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  38


  1. It was nice to hear all the Reed Warblers.

  2. Thanks John. There were plenty around the lake this morning. Lovely to hear them.

  3. Hopefully the Terns will survive Keith.

  4. Sorry about the missin chicks...:o(
    And there will always be nasty people around to try and SPOIL what we love so much...

  5. Hope so Roy. Didn't get there today, went to Paxton Pits; have to check tomorrow.

    Sondra, that's very true about a few people, unfortunately.

  6. Lovely the Reed Warblers, what about their song?

  7. Thanks Bob. They're very vocal here at the moment.