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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Lesser Whitethroat

.......and a few other warblers too.

It was still dark when I got here, so I wandered round to have a look over on Cormorant island first. I could just make out three faint white areas in the darkness, and through the binoculars I could confirm three Little Egrets.
As I took the binoculars from my eyes something flashed past me in the gloom.
Bats! Lots of them, circling overhead, and a couple less than a foot away from my face. It seemed like they were checking me out; wondering what this strange object was in the darkness invading their territory.
It was great to see them ...... and so close too!

I didn't visit here yesterday, so most of the feeders were empty this morning.
By the time I'd finished filling them, it was getting light, and on the footbridge, the juvenile Bullfinch, and six Greenfinch.

On round the north lake, and a few Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns up on the dam.
At the gully, a Grey Heron, and down by the weir, some Grey Wagtails. A quick flash of blue along the river, as a Kingfisher flew down towards some trees, followed by a second one.

Past the pub a few Pied Wagtails were running about the grass, and a dozen or more Starlings stabbing at the ground.

I decided to go back to the car before going round the south lake. I fancied a coffee, and for some reason I'd made a flask this morning.

As I reached the car park, the area around the footbridge was alive with birds.
Tits, Robins, Blackbirds; and there, briefly on the footbridge, a Lesser Whitethroat.
In the bushes, a Chiffchaff,

a Willow Warbler chasing some Blue Tits, and a Blackcap,

One I didn't manage to get a picture of, unfortunately, was a Goldcrest, moving through the bushes.

Refreshed with coffee, I set off round the south lake.

At the far end a group of Mallards, and a pair of Mute Swans; and very little else.

A couple of boats were out on the lake by now, and over the town houses, a few House Martins still lingering.

Eventually, back at the car park again, just as it started to rain.

More warblers about in the bushes, and a Blackbird.

Another good morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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 Gull (Larus canus canus)
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 Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Lesser Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia curruca)
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)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  40


  1. Similar weather to here. I got wet.
    Good to see the crows back I've missed them.

  2. Thanks Adrian. It's a dull miserable day here, but at least the rain has stopped.

  3. I had sunshine for a change.. you saw some lovely birds today Keith

  4. You saw some beautiful birds on your walk today Keith. I also enjoying seeing the crows again!
    Hope the sun returns tomorrow for you.

  5. I counted 4 Grey Wags Keith. They are super little birds and are great to watch, never easy to photograph though. The L/Whitethroat was a really good spot.
    I think I have only ever seen one and that was a long time ago.

  6. I really enjoyed youe video. Have you had any luck with your remote camera and video yet? From Findlay

  7. Thank you for your postings, I had never seen a Lesser Whitethroat - until today, it was still there and in the same tree (Elderberry) as a Blackcap family (inc juv), a pair of Garden Warbler and several Chiffchaff. The juv Bullfinch was a joy to watch also.

  8. Thanks Andrew.

    Thank you Sondra.

    Cheers Roy.

    Thanks Findlay.
    Cats and a hedgehog seem to be the only visitors. Still not downloading how it should though.

    Thanks Lee. Glad you got to see it.
    That area by the footbridge is very productive.