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

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Yellow Wagtail, Little Egret, cygnets and ducklings.

What a morning; and the sun shone.

I checked Cormorant island, after topping up the bird feeders, and found a Little Egret preening in one of the trees.
A light mist hung over the water, as above a couple of Cormorants flew in, and some Common Terns were circling overhead.
On the island the Oystercatchers were very vocal. Eventually I got a glimpse of three. Two were running side by side, as though about to mate, but they seemed to be chasing the third. Confused. Was this two males after a female, or a pair chasing off another male?
As I left them to it, to make my way round the north lake, a couple of Green Woodpeckers were searching for food in the grass, and on a tree.

Black-headed Gulls were over by the pub, along with Starlings, Canada, and Greylag Geese; and more Common Terns circling overhead with Swifts. Blackcap calling from the bushes, and Reed Warblers calling from the lake edge.

As I got up by the island, I saw the group of five grown up cygnets.

And have they grown! As big as the adult now.

A number of Black-headed Gulls were sat on the dam, preening and enjoying the morning sun, and a Grey Heron flew overhead.

They certainly have a large wingspan.

The Common Tern was still sat on the boat, along with a couple of Mallards, but there was no sign of the Sedge Warbler this morning.

Past the pub, and on towards the south lake.

A large group of mixed geese were spread across the footpath.

Greylag Geese

Some decided to head towards the water, and the rest moved nearer the road.
No sign of the Crows this morning though. Feeding elsewhere probably.

As I reached the far end of the lake, I spotted the adult Mute Swans with their two cygnets, that had nested by the offices.

They were looking healthy and content, as they fed close to the edge.

I'd received an e-mail last night, from a couple that live overlooking the lake, confirming that there were now four cygnets left from the five that were born on Cormorant island, and there was another pair of swans that had had one cygnet, on the pools by the business park.
My first thought when I read it, was one of the two born in the reeds, by the offices, had died. Never having walked round the pools before, I decided to go and have a look this morning.
Eventually I found them.

Doesn't that cygnet ooze 'cuteness'?

Eventually I left them, and carried on back to the lake.

As I got round by the houses, I was surprised to see a Yellow Wagtail, along with a few Pied Wagtails.

And finally there were the cygnets from Cormorant island.

Sadly, now down to four, but looking a bit bigger than they did a few days ago.
Hopefully these will all survive now.

The Little Egret was still over on the island; or maybe it was another one, and a pair of Tufted Duck were diving for food in the sun.

Definitely a 'cygnet' day today.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  39


  1. Hi Keith...Marvelous video, and photos today..what a differences the sun makes, the water fowl seem to be content and happy to bask in it!!
    I so enjoy watching those little ones with there the parents..: }}
    Hope your weekend is going well!!

  2. It was so nice to see some sun today Grace; and it really does make a difference.
    Weekend is starting to unwind a bit for today now. :-)

  3. Lots of tranquil scenes this morning Keith. And cuteness in bucket loads with those cygnets!!

    Sun and cuteness...perfect!

    Super video and pics...[;o)

  4. Thanks Trevor. It was a fantastic visit this morning. So much to see.

  5. Great photos Keith and I love the video. The sounds are just fantastic, and to hear this every day, must be awesome. Have a great weekend.

  6. Everything looks great in that sunshine!! LOVE THESE babies, hope they all make it to adulthood.

  7. Thanks Horst. I'm very fortunate to live so close to this lake. It never disappoints.

    Thanks Sondra. More babies today.