Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Still there

Quick visit, just round the north lake.

First thing I noticed this morning, was just how many ripe blackberries there are on the bushes.

Winter is just around the corner.

A lot of juvenile birds on the footbridge by the car park.
Blackcap, Wren, Blue Tits and Great Tits; they all seem to have had a good breeding year.

My main purpose for today's visit though, was to see how the swans are in the gully, and if any more have dropped in.
Still eight, aimlessly swimming up and down.

As I walked up towards the pub, and cross the road bridge, there were plenty of Canada Geese grazing, and a few Common Terns flying around.

And then some rain, for a change.

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)
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)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  32


  1. You would think the swans to get to where you are standing and walk round.
    Silly swans!

  2. Quick hide those Blackberries!!

    You've surely got it wrong Keith? Autumn and Winter come after Summer and we haven't had one!...have we?

    Glad the Swans in the gully are still okay(ish)...[;o)

  3. Hi Keith, thanks for my daily heron fix :-) goodness, I've just realised how that looks and sounds!!!

    I have studiously been trying to ignore the ripening berries, it's all happening much too soon for my liking.

    Poor old swans. I hope the powers that be can come up with some sort of solution to stop this happening, it must be very stressful.

  4. OOH, blackberry pie, I love it.

  5. For all their grace and beauty Adrian, they lack a bit in the brain department.

    Thanks Trevor. The Year is going too fast for me.

    Jan, good job you spelt that right lol

    My favourite Bob. I just need someone to make me one now :-)

  6. Blackberries already, you really are trying to cheer us up now Keith.{:)