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



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.





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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


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