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Thursday, 30 August 2012

House Martins

A very brief visit just round the north lake today.

As I got out the car, three Little Egrets left the roost over on Cormorant island, all heading north.
As I topped up the feeders, Mrs Mallard arrived with her youngsters, waiting for her share. They are certainly growing fast now; almost as big as her.

The sun caught the pub in its golden glory, and a rainbow glowed in the dark clouds.
A rain shower was on its way. Thankfully it didn't last long.

A couple of juvenile Reed Warblers were playing chase amongst the reeds, and Blue Tits were calling from the trees. More juveniles. It seems a lot of birds have had a good breeding season here, despite the poor weather.

Up at the top end of the lake, there were a lot of House Martins soaring over the tree tops, feasting on the flying insects; and the row of trees in the field by the river, are already taking on their golden leaves for the autumn.

The gully was empty. No Great Crested Grebe today. Apparently he left a couple of days ago; he must have cleared all the fish.
Over on the far side, a Grey Heron stood motionless, waiting for his catch of the day.

Up towards the pub, and a Pied Wagtail sat briefly on the roof of the boat club.

A very quick visit today; lots to do.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  29


  1. You nailed the Wagtail. Great shot.

  2. I think although its been wet Keith, it has also been reasonable temperatures for young birds and apparently I read that wet weather helps increase some of the insect population.

  3. It's a shame the sun didn't last for long Keith, that rainbow was a warning for what was to come...rain!!

    I suspect those House Martins can't wait to be on their way to somewhere a little

    It's good to see that the gully wasn't holding any 'captives' this morning!!...[;o)

  4. Thanks Adrian. I was very pleased with that one too.

    Roy, I think you could be right there. Certainly around the lake, there seems to be juveniles of all sorts everywhere.

    I got home just in time I think Trevor.

  5. Swans really are a greedy lot as are Mallards of course, I always feel guilty when they head towards me and I've got nothing for them.

    Gorgeous photo of the Heron Keith :-)

  6. Thanks Jan. I thought you'd like that one. :-)

  7. Really love the photo of the Pied Wagtail, looks like he was posing for you.

  8. Great Grey Heron and the Wagtail.

  9. Great looking rainbow! Sorry it meant rain...I guess thats the trade off.
    Nice to see all the swans, house martins, and the empty gully!

  10. Thanks Horst. Quite often they'll sit very still so you can capture them on camera.

    Thanks Bob.

    Thank you Sondra. Yea, I didn't have any worries about the grebe in the gully. :-)