Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me



Monday, 25 June 2012

Plenty of young now, and even a butterfly.

A lovely sunny morning; and it brought the birds with it.


Quite a few young Magpies around the car park, and a juvenile Robin watched me closely as I topped up the feeders. A small group of young Great Tits were in the trees, waiting for me to leave, so they could get on with what it was they were doing before I interrupted them, and plenty of Swifts flying over the tree tops, snatching the flies.


There's still a huge number of geese on the lake; seems to be more everyday.
A couple of Mallards appeared under the road bridge, looking for some seed, so I couldn't disappoint them. And further round the north lake, a group of young Blue Tits were moving through the trees, searching for their food.


Near the footbridge, by the bandstand, the Mute Swan was with her five cygnets, looking very grown up now.


As I made my way towards the pub, the Oystercatcher was laying low in the grass.




Barely visible.


On round the south lake, and I saw my first juvenile Great Crested Grebe, frantically trying to hitch a lift on its mums back. Let's hope a few more appear over the next few days.


At the bottom of the south lake, a quick look at the orchids growing there,




and then up towards the bird hide. No sign of any Little Grebes, but further on, in the grass, a rare sight.




My first butterfly here for some time. A Speckled Wood. A shame he had a large chunk of wing missing.


The Mute Swan was still sat on her nest, and in the distance, over by the island, another Great Crested Grebe with a young one on her back.


At the rowing club, a Mallard was taking a break in the sun, with her four rapidly growing ducklings.




Round by the houses, two more female Mallards, with even smaller ducklings.
One with nine, the other with seven. I wonder how many will make it to the weekend.




And overhead, a Buzzard was circling, and gradually climbing higher on the thermals.












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)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


Saturday, 23 June 2012

A quiet Saturday


But at least it wasn't raining.


There are a lot of geese on the lake at the moment; probably because they are going through their moult, and flying isn't an option just now. At the other extreme, there are very few Cormorants about. No idea for that one.

A fairly quiet and uneventful morning; just the usual birds around, and not so many of them as there usually is.

On the south lake, things were not much different. Plenty of wild flowers growing along the edge of the lake, but no butterflies enjoying the nectar, and very few bees either.

At the far end, the single orchid has now been joined by a few more.




A welcome splash of colour.


The Mute Swan continues to sit on her nest amongst the reeds. Must be close to hatching the eggs soon. I would guess about another week.

A few youngsters that are around, and performing acrobatics in the branches of the trees,




a group of Blue Tits.


And by the car park, amongst the reeds, the family of Coots were busily feeding.








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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Little Egret, an Orchid, and some more young ones.

Another sunny morning, without the strong wind.

A quick check of Cormorant island before I made my way round the north lake, and I found a Little Egret, that had stayed the night, and was in the process of getting ready to leave. I wonder if any more will roost here again. Last year there were at least five.

Before I reached the road bridge, I spent some time watching a Wood Pigeon, feeding two of its young, in the trees. It appeared to be regurgitating food for them; but it was difficult to see properly, because of the branches of the trees. Fascinating to watch though.

A few warblers calling from the trees, as I made my way towards the bandstand, and as I crossed the bridge, I stopped to watch a family of Coots, busily feeding,




and also a group of Mallards nearby.


Up at the top end, by the steps, I expected to find the two families of stranded ducklings; but some kind soul, (or souls........the wood was bloody heavy), have moved the 'bridge', to allow access back to the lake. Nice one.


The Heron was in his usual spot by the weir, standing on the metal fence.




Round by the pub, a large number of geese; and amongst them, an Oystercatcher searching for breakfast.


The Crows were along the edge of the south lake, waiting for the left over apple core.
A couple of younger Crows too, excitedly calling for food. One was not disappointed, as he was fed some apple by one of the adult birds.

And finally, after constantly looking for a few days, I found one of the orchids that grow at the far end of the lake.




Not sure what type, but always good to see them here.


The Mute Swan is still sitting on the nest amongst the reeds, so hopefully the cygnets will be hatching soon.


Up by the rowing club, I watched another family of Mallards, as they swam close to the edge; and then I finally arrived back at the car park.



No visit tomorrow.........off out with Trevor.








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)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Sunday

A fairly quick visit this morning; a few things to get done.

Sunny, but still that persistent wind.

A walk round the north lake first, and up by the top end, amongst the long grass, still no butterflies, but plenty of Damselflies. Amongst them, this one,




Red-eyed Damselfly



By the weir, a regular Sedge Warbler calls every day. Today I managed a few pictures.




He was joined, close by, by a Heron, who sat preening and posing on the metal fence.





Up to the south lake, and a few Reed Warblers calling from the lake edge. A Kestrel hovered in the distance, over the river edge, and at the far end a Buzzard circled, and then suddenly dropped from the sky; presumably on lunch.


Onward past the rowing club, and towards the houses. And by the lake edge, a Pied Wagtail without a tail to wag.




He did look rather strange.


Eventually back by the car park, I found a pair of Coots, with three youngsters.




Their mother loves them.









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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Saturday 16th June 2012

Inspiring title.

Cloudy and windy to start, but the sun made an effort in the end.

Trevor gave me a bag of suet pellets the other day; the birds don't seem to like them in his garden, so we put them in one of the feeders here.
They must be rough, because after three days, even the squirrels wouldn't touch them.


A good selection of warblers around the car park area this morning; all in fine voice.
A couple of recently fledged Wood Pigeons were sat in one of the trees too.

Plenty of geese under the road bridge again, and my pair of Mallards came running over when they saw me.

No sign of any Kingfishers around the island. It seems they have left here, after getting flooded out a few weeks ago. And more bad news up at the top end of the north lake. The young Common Tern that was on the boat yesterday, has disappeared.
As I feared yesterday, a victim of the many predators around the lake.

Plenty of Swifts flying overhead, and a lone Sparrowhawk casually flew amongst them, but seemed uninterested in making a meal of any of them.

One bird that was making a meal though, was a Great crested Grebe.


 they seem to enjoy these crayfish



Onto the south lake, and the wind seemed to be picking up a bit.
Dark clouds were racing overhead, but they soon gave way to some blue sky; and sunshine.



The Common Bird's-foot Trefoil shone like gold in the sunlight.



A Garden Warbler was picked out by the sun as he tried to hide amongst the bushes,




and a couple of Blackcaps were calling from the bushes lining the river.



A few boats were out on the lake by now; well, it is the weekend.


The sun was still shining, highlighting the Yellow Flag around the lake edges.



Past the rowing club, and back towards the car park.



A quick search through the long grass for butterflies, but none to be found.









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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


Friday, 15 June 2012

Monster Fish

The morning started sunny




but soon got cloudy, with rain following.


A large group of Greylag Geese were under the road bridge this morning, and an equal number of Canada Geese over by the pub. A couple of Herons dotted around the edge, and up by the dam, a Grey Wagtail. And overhead, lots of Swifts again.


On the boat, at the top end of the north lake, I caught a brief glimpse of a young Common Tern chick.




Last year they managed to raise three young ones, but lost them all, one by one. No doubt to the many predators that are around the lake, that would see a tiny Tern chick as a tasty snack. I hope this one manages to survive.


Up by the weir, the female Mallard was swimming around with her two youngsters,




and a male was happy to pose in the sporadic sunshine.




As I made my way round the south lake, I watched as a Great Crested Grebe struggled with a large crayfish. Eventually he managed to swallow it, but it took him some time.


At the far end three large fish were swimming close together, splashing around, and breaking the surface of the water. I'm no fish expert, but it seemed to me that two males were vying for the 'attention' of a female.
I could be wrong though.


A few Pied Wagtails around the rowing club, an Oystercatcher over on Cormorant island, along with plenty of geese, and eventually back at a cloudy car park.


At least the rain kept off until I got home.








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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Sun and babies

Another sunny morning. It won't last.




After yesterdays brief visit just round the north lake, before going to see the Kestrels, I was determined to walk all the lake this morning. Quite a few birds around; but a noticeable increase of juveniles.

By the car park, I watched a group of recently fledged Blue Tits, as they expertly picked their way through a tree, searching for insects.

Further round the north lake, a female Mallard was swimming with two of her young.



not quite the silhouette I was after; but close.


Up by the dam, a lone Grey Wagtail was searching for insects, and by the weir, a female Mallard was with her two rapidly growing ducklings.




On round towards the pub, and the grass was packed with Greylag and Canada Geese. There seems to be a lot more about than usual. By the edge of the lake, the Mute Swans were relaxing with their five cygnets.


Onto the south lake, and more geese grazing the grass edges, and overhead, large numbers of Swifts.

Down by the footbridge that crosses the river, a Whitethroat was singing amongst the brambles, and an electric blue flash of a Kingfisher, as he swept along the river, and over the bridge.

At the bottom end of the lake, the Mute Swans are still sitting on their second nest. Hopefully some more cygnets soon.

Making my way past the rowing club, another Mallard appeared with six small ducklings.



Finally, back at the car park, a quick look for butterflies.
None; but lots of Damselflies.


Good to see so many youngsters this morning, enjoying the sun.









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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


Sunday, 10 June 2012

Daises, daises everywhere.

A beautiful sunny morning, and it made the flowers seem more vibrant than ever.




There might be an overload of pictures today; I got carried away.


Round the car park area, a Garden Warbler was singing for all he was worth. I think he was in competition with a Blackcap; both have similar songs, and I managed some video of both, to compare.

My pair of Mallards were under the road bridge, as usual, awaiting breakfast, and the Heron was in his usual spot, under the footbridge. There seemed to be hundreds of Reed Warblers, all calling from around the edge of the lake today; certainly hundreds of Swifts, flying overhead.


Up by the river, some cows had come down to the edge,  to soak up the warm sun.




The Common Terns seem happy on the boat, up at the top end of the north lake, and a pair of Mute Swans were content to chill out by the pub, with their five cygnets.




But the real attractions this morning, were the flowers; especially the Ox-eye Daisies.




And by the time I'd reached the south lake, the sunshine had brought out the insects.



 Mayfly




 A Lacewing; I think.




 Hundreds of Damselflies. This one a male Common Blue.




Lots of Banded Demoiselle; this one a female.




 and this cracking Dragonfly; a Four-spot Chaser.



And of course, more flowers.



Ox-eye Daisy




 Red Clover




 Ragged Robin




 Buttercup





 and Dog Rose.


I hunted for butterflies, but they were elusive. No sign of any, until I reached the car park, and finally captured one on video.


A cracking morning in the sun, and the last picture is of a Long Tailed Tit.




A group of juveniles were content to just hang around a bush, and feed off the many small insects flying around.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~








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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Back to the lake

My first visit this morning, after spending a few weeks in north Wales; and I could certainly see the changes.

The area of grass in front of the feeders is about chest high, and shelters the feeders from view now. They were also empty, so first job this morning, was to fill them all.
One I couldn't reach, because the box that held the reserve supply of food, had floated away, along with the seed, when the lake flooded a few weeks ago.
It also meant that a lot of nesting birds had their efforts destroyed. There should be quite a few ducklings and goslings around the lake now, but I only saw 6 ducklings, and two goslings. No sign of any cygnets, or young Great Crested Grebes, and I'm told the nesting Kingfishers were washed out too.
The weather has certainly had a devastating effect on some of the wildlife around the lake.

The plants however, seem to have done well with all this rain.




A shame it wasn't warmer, there would have been a good number of butterflies, damsels and dragons taking advantage of the flowers.
There were plenty of Swifts around though; both the north and south lake had hundreds flying over the water and edges, along with a few House Martins.

A Sparrowhawk over the north lake unsettled a few birds briefly, and the Oystercatchers were foraging in front of the pub.
A pair of Common Terns appear to have taken up residence on the old boat on the north lake. Maybe they'll be more successful than last year.

I noticed on Cormorant island, a few eggs lying around. I'm guessing these were washed from nests when the island was under water for a while.


Not so many birds seen as usual today, but an enjoyable visit nonetheless. 











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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  33