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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Last one for a while

Although I've been round the lake I've not posted, because I'm having problems with my internet connection. It's still not sorted properly; it's very sporadic, and I'm off to Wales soon for a few days too.

But, today, hot and sunny here.

The juvenile Bullfinch is still around by the footbridge, by the car park, along with a Whitethroat

and an invisible, but very vocal, Chiffchaff.

No sign of any Greylag Geese for a few days now, but the Canada Geese are in good numbers, along with Black-headed Gulls. Not so many Common Terns about though.

Still good numbers of Mute Swans on the lake, mostly last years cygnets that are yet to leave, despite the efforts by one particular adult that seems hell bent on seeing them all off.

Making my way round the north lake, I could hear the sounds of 'begging' juvenile grebes. An adult Little Grebe had its work cut out trying to keep its three offspring fed.

Top end of the lake, a group of Cormorants were indulging in a spot of wing drying, while a couple of Great Crested Grebes were busily fishing.

On round the south lake, and very quiet down here, until I started to pass the island along the path towards the rowing club. Over on the island a Little Egret was stood staring at the water, and on the boat jetties, a couple of Grey Herons, doing pretty much the same.

Back by the car park, a quick look round the footbridge area, and a group of Long Tailed Tits flew in briefly,

a Whitethroat, and a juvenile Robin calling to another; possibly one of its parents.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34


  1. Keith going to Wales means lots of great bird photos to follow.

  2. As I say enjoy Wales watching. Like the it cropped?

  3. Thanks Roy. I hope the weather is a bit better than it has been there though. lol

    Thanks Adrian. Yea, the Heron had a small crop.

  4. I'm sorry to hear about your internet, we all get it bad sometime.

  5. Hi Keith..Now your back,and leaving!!
    I know you love Wales so have a lovely visit..maybe all the bugs with the internet will be taken care of when you get back!!
    Love the Heron shot,and that cutie LTT!! : }
    Everything looks good at the lake, so it will be all good while your
    gone ; }!!


  6. Skinny Heron don't you think?. Hope you enjoy your next Welsh trek, me thinks you better save them ole pennies for a more permanent move dude

  7. Thanks Bob. It seems much better today. Hope it lasts.

    Thanks Grace. Yea, I need a holiday lol

    Just a youngster that one Debs.
    I could do with a lottery win :-)

  8. our weather may finally be getting good after a LONG hot looking forward to dropping tempts.
    The heron in flight awesome...and I enjoyed seeing the little cute. HOPE that thrush? got a berry in the end...have a great time in Wales!!

  9. Thanks Sondra. Yea, that was a Thrush. You're getting to know our birds better than me lol

  10. Looks like all is well (in the sunshine) at the lake Keith?

    Enjoy your break in (sunny??) Wales...[;o)

  11. Hope the Welsh weather stays fine for you and that your ISP gets their act sorted for when you return.

  12. A Heron and a Song Thrush!! Perfect :-) Lovely photos and great video too.

    Have a lovely time in Wales Keith, I'm very envious :-)

  13. Cheers Trevor.

    Thanks John. I hope so too.

    Thank you Jan. Looking forward to it. :-)

  14. Beautiful photographs, birds are very photogenic. I am greeting

  15. A bit late but I hope you have a wonderful trip...

  16. Thank you for stopping by Zielona, and your comment. :-)

    Thanks Andrew. Having an excellent time so far.