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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Eight silly swans

A dull, cloudy morning, and a quick shower at the end.

A Moorhen was swimming around down by the feeders, and lots of noisy Magpies in the trees.

The swan family, with the grown up cygnets were up on the north lake, and a Mallard with six tiny ducklings. A few Swifts still flying around, and quite a few Common Terns diving into the water for fish.

A pair of Common Sandpiper flew from the dam, across the lake, to the far side. I see these fairly often, and I'm wondering if they are nesting around here.
Up on the dam wall there were a few Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls; one in particular I've seen before, with what looks like a broken wing, the way it hangs down, but it still manages to fly quite strongly.

In the gully of water, by the steps, we now have eight Mute Swans swimming up and down. Their numbers are increasing daily. I think they are going through their moult, and it's restricting their flying. I watched them for some time, haplessly swimming up and down, and a couple attempting to get back onto the lake, unsuccessfully.
There are about 30 to 40 swans down this end of the lake; I hope they don't all finish up in this gully.

On the south lake, I found the family with the single cygnet. He's certainly growing fast.

The Pochard was down at his usual spot, but I can't get close enough to see any details on the ring he's wearing.

At the bird hide/pallet, a group of juvenile Wrens were flitting through the bushes, searching for insects.

Past the rowing club, and towards the houses.

A Mallard was swimming close to the edge with her six ducklings, and in the distance, over by Cormorant island, the pair of swans with the four cygnets began to swim over. They must have recognised me from the other day, when I stopped to feed them. It didn't take them long to reach me, so a slice of bread for their efforts.

And as I made my way to the car park, a quick shower of rain.

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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
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)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  34


  1. A bit of a chilly damp walk around the lake this morning Keith?

    The four Cygnets are growing fast now and the little one also seems to be doing okay. Glad to see that the BH Gull could fly with no problems.

    I reckon it will soon be time for you to get your toes wet and show those silly Swans how to use that ladder!!...[;o)

  2. Hmmmmm, I don't think I'll be showing them swans what to do lol

  3. How deep is the water in the gully? It needs a swanupper to catch them and lift them out.

  4. It's probably about waist deep Adrian; maybe more, but very slippery underfoot.
    I'll get in touch with the Parks Trust if they seem stuck for too long. There's plenty of food stuff there though.

  5. Hi Keith...Doesn't that make you just want to holler go up the ramp you silly swans lol : }!
    Watching them makes me worry, like the Momma turkey and her six little ones crossing the road in my post yesterday..check it out!!
    The poor gull seems to fly very well!! It seems odd that he hangs his wing down!!
    That little Wren is a cutie..!! : }

  6. They certainly are Bob. :-)

    Thanks Grace. Yea, those swans are becoming quite frustrating getting stuck like that.

  7. That gully seems to be becoming a real problem with the swans, it's a shame to see them stranded in there. Nice to see the swan family getting their reward from you though.

    I don't think anyone ever told the gull it shouldn't be able to fly with a broken wing :-)

    You got reasonably close to the heron!

  8. Jan, I've never seen the swans in so much trouble in that gully before. I'm sure they'll be OK though.
    That gull really surprised me.

  9. Supposed to be 7 swans a swimming, not
    POOR things they just cant figure it out...HOPE no more get stuck down there it sure is a puzzle for them to solve.
    Feel sorry for them worrying themselves so much and the ladder just sitting there IF ONLY a smart Goose could come along and show them how to use it.

  10. Thanks Sondra. There's been a few various waterfowl stuck in the gully this year, for some reason. They eventually get out though.

  11. Crazy swans, especially when they swim right up to the wooden ramp and ignore it.

  12. For all their grace and beauty John, they do seem a little lacking in the brain dept. lol