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

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Wet again

When will this crap weather end?

After wading through the long, wet grass, and topping up the feeders, I made my way round the north lake.
A Song Thrush sat in one of the trees, unusually silent.

This weather is nothing to sing about.

Plenty of geese and Mute Swans on the lake, and lots of Swifts flying overhead.
The rest of the birds seemed pretty quiet in comparison though.

Up by the dam, and across by the pub, the numbers of Black-headed Gulls seem to be steadily building each day.
The Common Tern is still sat on her eggs, and the Sedge Warbler continues to call from his favourite spot.
The river is up fairly high now too, after yesterday afternoons downpour.

By the pub, two Oystercatchers today. Unusual to see both together, away from their nest.

The rain was a persistent drizzle by now, but I decided to carry on round the south lake.

A lone Crow followed me along the path, waiting for me to finish my apple.
Clever bird.

By the footbridge, that crosses the river, and the swathe of Meadowsweet, not a single butterfly to be seen. It makes me wonder where all yesterdays could be hiding.

The Mute Swan is still sitting on her eggs, and a few boats were out on the water by now.

Up by the town houses, a mixed group of geese were joined by one of the Oystercatchers.

Two female Mallards were swimming with their ducklings. One has four, that seem quite grown up now; the other is down to five, much smaller ones.
A little while ago there were two families of very small ducklings, one with eleven, and one with nine.
Not sure which family the group of five are from..........or what has become of the other family. Nature can seem very cruel.

As I got to the car park, the rain began to ease of a bit.

I wish it would stop altogether.

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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. Super weather Keith....if you're a duck that is!!

    Great footage of the Oystercatchers (are they nesting on the island?)

    It's tough for those Mallard families, there's one less every day!...[;o)

  2. I don't see any end to it at all Keith. I looked at our ten day forecast and it's just more of the same....I'm so fed up with it!

    Lovely photo of the geese with Oystercatcher. I do like Oystercatchers, they always seem very busy little birds, nice to see them in the video again too. The water level certainly had risen!

  3. Thanks Trevor. Yea, the Oystercatchers are on the island, but not seen any young yet.

    Thank you Jan. This weather is very depressing; must be even worse for the wildlife.

  4. Lots of Black Headed Gulls here yesterday, all in one field which had recently been harvested. Must have been well over a hundred of them.

  5. That was some rain yesterday Keith. It absolutely chucked down here. The weather presenter didn't speak very highly of the rest of the week and couldn't forecast any end to all this wet stuff.

  6. YOU probably had to go home and dry out after that walk in the rain, it was nice tho...the oystercatchers look great.

  7. I think they are gradually returning from their breeding grounds, and moving to their autumn/winter quarters now John. Good to see them;, I've missed their noisy antics.

    Probably the worst summer we've had Roy. It can't last; surely?

    Thanks Sondra. The ammount of soakings I've had recently, it's a wonder I ain't got pneumonia. lol