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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Swan Gone

I walked the south lake first this morning; and still it rains.

Around the car park there plenty of juvenile birds chasing each other, and moving amongst the tall plants searching for insects.

A lot of geese on the lake still, and the Oystercatcher flew overhead, from the island.
At the far end of the lake, there are now eleven flower spikes of the Spotted Orchid.

The Mute Swan is still sitting on her nest. Hopefully cygnets very soon.

By the rowing club, a Great Crested Grebe swam by with two chicks in tow, and at least one on her back.

The rain was getting heavier as I made my way round the north lake.

The Common Tern was still sitting on her egg/s. You gotta feel for her, just sitting there in this awful weather.

the Sedge Warbler still warbling from his perch, but the Mute Swan had gone. No sign of her. Maybe someone had helped her to the main lake, or she made it under her own steam.

Round past the pub, over the road bridge, and the rain began to stop.

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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. Wonderful pictures. I enjoyed your blog very much.

  2. Poor wildlife, their life in the rain. Cute pictures.

  3. engelsk norsk, thank you.

    Thanks Bob.

  4. Wouldn't it be nice just to say "I'm fed up with this sun I wish it would rain"

    It's good to see that the Swan has managed to 'escape' a last and nice to see some young G C Grebe, I've not seen any 'in the flesh' so far this year...[;o)

  5. It certainly would Trevor.

    Yea, glad the swan made her escape.

  6. Hi Keith, I'm struggling to keep up with daily poatings at the moment but have just enjoyed yesterday's post as well as today's. When you mentioned the latecomer on yesterday's I thought you were talking to me ;-)

    Both enjoyable videos but I'm sure you would prefer some better weather for your visits. This constant rain has become such a bore, so depressing.! Good to know the swan has (hopefully) returned to where it should be.

  7. Thanks Jan. A sunny visit to the lake would be nice lol

  8. When will this rain end Keith? it's been a real washout this year.

  9. SO nice to see the young ones are doing well despite the weather, that poor tern in the rain, Im sure its just another day in the life of a bird to her.
    Glad to hear that Swan has found a way out.

  10. We finally had some sun here today Andrew. I hope it lasts.

    Thanks Sondra. These birds have a tough time sometimes incubating their eggs.