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Saturday, 11 August 2012

The sun brings out the scum.

A couple of days sunshine, and this is what greeted me this morning, at the car park.

The mindless scum that think it's acceptable to leave their litter, for others to clean up.
Well, when I get pictures of the morons that leave this sort of rubbish, I'll be posting them.

Over on Cormorant island this morning, there was a single Little Egret, preparing to leave his roosting spot.
On the footbridge, by the car park, a Wren was searching for insects, and in the bushes, a juvenile Goldcrest was doing the same.

Quite a thick mist hung over the lake this morning, and hadn't cleared by the time I left.

Venturing up to the north lake, were the Mute Swans and cygnets from Cormorant island.

At the top end, the swans were still gathered. Their numbers, however, have gone down. The reason; we now have thirteen silly swans trapped in the gully.

 Perhaps a rescue operation should be put in place.

On the south lake, the Pochard is still in the same place.

I don't think he moves much.

At the rowing club, the pair of Mute Swans were with their single cygnet.

The little one is getting much bigger now.

A couple of Grey Herons fishing from the boat jetties, and round by the houses, and then it was back to the car park; and the rubbish.

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)
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)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
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  33


  1. Folk like that want locking up...they are the trash of society.
    Those swans will have to be lifted out. if they weigh the same as goose they aren't getting lighter by the day poor things.

  2. Hi Keith.. appalling the nerve of some who do such things as this!!
    Just unbelievable..what a mess!!
    Speaking of mess those swans have got themselves in a one...I hope they get some help out of there!! You need to get yourself down in there and give them a boost ; } lol!
    You sure that Pochard hasn't good an anchor on him : }..must be good fishing there!!
    Hope tomorrows visit has a better greeting then today!!

  3. I had a silent bet, before looking at this post, that the title would refer to the two legged variety and not the wet stuff. It gets worse Keith. Time the authority installed a temporary video system to catch and fine the beggars, or better still charge them the full clean up costs.

    I think they need to stretch some netting or similar across that weir once the swans have been repatriated.

  4. Adrian, I'd do something else with the scum that leave litter like this.
    And I'd have no qualms about pulling the trigger myself.

    Grace, those swans are becoming a problem. Not sure how many more will fit in that gully.

    John I was thinking along similar lines for that stretch of water myself. I think this year it's been worse, because the swans have decided to gather at this end of the lake during their moult.

  5. Heron heaven for me today Keith :-)

    Well, what can I say that hasn't been said? Dirty, filthy scum is exactly right. I feel anger and sadness in equal parts...I just don't understand their mentality. If only they could be named and shamed! There are three things guaranteed to make my blood boil, cruelty, prejudice and littering and I suspect those guilty of the last are probably guilty of the other two as well.

    Surely the powers that be will do something about those poor swans soon and also come up with a plan to prevent it happening again!

  6. Such a contradiction Keith.
    We have fine young men and women that serve in our Armed Services and we have witnessed the young people that have helped out on a voluntary basis with many aspects of the Olympics.
    Then we have this scum that litter the place up like that. No doubt in their last spell of Community Service imposed by the Courts they had to clean up stuff like this so now they are reacting. Some would say that its nothing that a 9mm Bullet wouldn't cure, I couldn't possibly comment.

  7. I am lost for words Keith... but not surprised. It's just the same up here mate.

  8. Those Jerks!!
    I feel sorry for those poor swans they look so stressed out going back n forth darn--that little bit should be drained or something..
    Hope tomorrow is a better day for you at the lake Keith. The cygnet sure is growing!!

  9. Apologies for late replies to you.

    Had a quick walk round yesterday, and there are now 12 swans up and down the gully; and some kind soul, or souls, have cleared up the appalling mess at the picnic table.