Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Sunday cygnets

Another dry morning.

Quite a few Magpies around the car park area this morning, and the two Stock Doves too.

Walking from the car park to go round the north lake, I couldn't help noticing just how many juvenile Blackcaps there were around. At the moment they all have that brown bonnet, just like the female, but slightly duller on the forehead and crown, and a rustier tone to the underparts.
Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Dunnocks, are three other species that seem to have had a successful breeding year, despite the very wet early summer.

Lots of Common Terns flying around too, with a few juveniles; but no sign of the Black Tern this morning.

The group of Canada Geese were up in their usual spot, grazing, and at the top end, and the gathering of Mute Swans were still there too.
I had a look online to see what the collective name for a group of swans is, and depending where you look, it can be, 'bevy......herd.....lamentation......ballet.....'
I think I prefer my one of 'Majesty'.

Another fleeting glimpse of the Kingfisher again this morning, as he made his way along the edge of the lake, towards the trees at the far end.

Onto the south lake, and the antics of the Common Terns had me engrossed as I walked a very quite footpath this morning.

At the far end, in the same spot as yesterday, the Pochard.

I watched him for a while, and noticed he has a silver metal ring on his right leg.

I'll have to try and get close enough to see if it has a number. I'll be able to find out some of his history hopefully.

The single cygnet family were over in the reeds feeding, along with a group of Mallards.

Up by the rowing club, no racing today; just the general boats setting out.
A hot air balloon was looming in the distance, and then seemed to lose some height above the trees.

As I reached the houses, the pair of swans from the island came over, with their four cygnets. They'd remembered I had some bread yesterday; and today they was in luck again.

After feeding them I carried on towards the car park, and found a Mallard with seven tiny ducklings.

She quickly took them further out, to the safety.

Another great morning.

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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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  32


  1. Got the video today...excellent. Nice here as well this morning.

  2. Cheers Adrian.
    Sun is peeping through the clouds here still.

  3. The Pochard is great, I love 'em.

  4. Yea, lovely ducks Bob.
    Sadly a reminder that winter is not far away though.

  5. We don't want to see too many Pochards just yet Keith, a sign of winter coming, but then we haven't had a summer anyway.{:)

  6. Hi Keith...Those boat guys should be watching the Olympics, now wouldn't that be nice lol ,but I think watching the Olympics is a waste of time myself! I imagine they probably
    say those crazy birder!! lol Each to his own!!
    The young are growing up fast there at the lake..hard to believe we are in August eeeks!!

  7. Hi Keith, I do like the way the swans always swim with one parent leading the cygnets and the other at the back, so protective! No parenting classes needed in the animal kingdom ;-)

    Lovely photo of the Heron on the last post :-) Well done with spotting the Black Tern and lovely to see the Kingfishers still around.

  8. Roy, that's very true. I'm sure his buddies will be here soon though.

    Thanks Grace. I've avoided Olympic madness because I don't have a TV.
    Yea, the year will soon be coming to a close.

    Jan, the swans are very protective.
    I'd just finished feeding them, and bent down to take some pictures, and they both started hissing. There's gratitude lol
    The Black Tern was a great find.

  9. the Mallard chicks are so that shot of the pochard! I wonder how long he has worn that ring on his leg...
    I found lots of trash at the river landing this weekend...and the trash can was only 10 ft away!! I dont get it...
    the Cygnets look great!

  10. Thanks Sondra.
    I'm trying to get a close shot of the ring on the Pochard, to see if I can get some history about it. He's very wary though.