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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Little Egrets

Another quick visit this morning; still waiting for my parcel to arrive.

Over by the island, this morning there were four Little Egrets perched up in the trees.
Around about this time last year, that we had a few roosting here for a couple of months.

Down at the feeders, the Mallard appeared in the gloom, with three of her four ducklings. No sign of the fourth this morning; the piebald looking one.

A few Grey Herons fishing around the lake edge, and something I didn't expect to see was six Swifts circling overhead. I thought these had long gone. The last of the stragglers refuelling before their long journey ahead.

The top end had the swans still swimming freely, and quite a few Black-headed Gulls sitting up on the dam.

No visit tomorrow; off out for the day

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)
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)
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)
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)

Total species  31


  1. Have a good day tomorrow. Did you remember to get your inoculations? You don't want to come back with Anorakitus. It's not fatal but it is incurable.

  2. Thanks Adrian. Hopefully I'll be OK. :-)

  3. Good to see the egrets...well, (at the beginning) sort of see them ;-) They looked like ghostly apparitions at silly o'clock!

    The biters are out in force this year...we need those beekeeper outfits :-)

    Have a great time tomorrow Keith, don't ruffle too many grown up's feathers ;-)

  4. Steady on Keith! if you go out any earlier you'll need a searchlight to see the birds!!

    Interesting to see how those Egrets go their own different ways.

    Perhaps the Swifts are trying to tell us that Summer isn't over yet!!...[;o)

  5. I'm amazed at how this camera can pick some stuff up in the mornings when it's still dark Jan. Good little camera.
    I'll be on my best behavior tomorrow :-)

    Yea, had to go early Trevor, needed to get back for when the parcel came. Arrived this afternoon lol
    Hopefully the Swifts are a sign for good weather tomorrow. :-)

  6. I love the Little Egrets, we don't get many, it must be the climate, lol.

  7. Thats very interesting about the Egrets habits Keith.
    Tell me, what is this twenty past four mean.???

  8. So glad your parcel arrived! and SO SAD to hear the piebald duckling was missing, he was my fav in that group. Enjoy your day tomorrow.

  9. Thank you Bob. I'm lucky to have a few visit the lake. Lovely birds.

    Roy, a terrible hour to rise; but worth it lol

    Sondra, he was one of my favourites too. He seemed too big to be naturally predated I thought. I'll keep an eye out for him.

    OK, off to Birdfair, very soon.