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Friday, 26 April 2013

Swifts at Caldecotte

My first of the year, my first here, of the year, and they've arrived a year to the day.
Perfect timing.

A heavy shower first thing this morning, but by the time I'd arrived at the lake, it had stopped. The Reed Warbler was chuntering away, as usual, and as usual the recent sun had brought out the low life of the world. A camp fire and beer cans.
Their usual trade mark.

On round the north lake, and a young looking Mute Swan seemed to have a broken right wing. It hung down at its side, as it was feeding in the water.
A text to the Parks Trust, so hopefully they can sort something out for it.

A couple of Common Terns were flying around the top end, and half a dozen Swallows were skimming the water.

Amongst some brambles, I could hear the sound of a Sedge Warbler; my first for the year. After a lot of waiting and searching, he briefly showed himself, enough for an ID, and then dropped back in the brambles.

A pair of Common Sandpipers were still around, but too distant for any pictures.

A Crow was having great fun harassing a Grey Heron over some reeds.

Up by the weir, I managed to see the Whitethroat.

If you look at the top of its bill, it seems it seems to have a growth.

It certainly didn't hinder his singing though; he was in fine voice.

On round to the south lake, and it seemed to be getting a bit brighter.

Lots of warblers doing their warbling ....... Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, and another Whitethroat spotted at the far end.

On round to see the Robin, and then back down past the rowing club.

Another Grey Heron was noisily flying around, squawking at everything for some reason.

As I got to the town houses, the sky was filled with a dozen or more chattering House Martins, and amongst them, the Kings of the air had arrived. Swifts.
Hard to count as they scythed their way through the air, but at least a dozen.

As I got back to the car park, the sun had decided it was time to shine.

Full list of today's sightings

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)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. An excellent trip this morning. I hope they can catch the swan. It will be a devil of a job.

  2. Great video work as usual that singing bush!

    I hope someone will be able to see to that poor Swan, I guess it's injury is the result of a territorial skirmish? It didn't look too bothered though'.

    Old 'Snozzle' the Whitethroat looks happy enough singing his heart out, perhaps one kind female will take pity on him?

    I hope the morons who set that fire do the right thing and fall into the next one they are stupid enough to light...and even that would be a much too good an end for them!

    Great to see that the Swifts have arrived, who needs a calendar when nature has it all sorted?...[;o)

  3. Thanks Adrian, I hope so too.
    I got a message back from the Parks Trust; they were going to send a team out to see it, so hopefully all will be well.

    Cheers Trevor. Yea, I think you could be right about the swans injury. Great to see the Swifts again.

  4. That Whitethroat Keith, that is probably a dried fruit or pollen. I have read about migrating birds that have a build up of foodstuffs around their beaks. I took a photo of a Reed Warbler one year and when it was observed on my blog The Birdwatching Magazine wanted a copy off it as they were doing some research into it.

  5. Cheers for that Roy. I'll keep an eye on it. He favors the same area.

  6. Really, really enjoyed the video and how fabulous to get the Swifts back on exactly the same day x

  7. Quite an eventful visit Keith what with the injured swan and the Whitethroat with the growth and of course the fire idiots :-( I do hope something can and will be done to help the swan.

    I had problems viewing the video but got there eventually. I've had trouble with broadband all week and we've just had thunder and lightning here so wonder if it is something to do with weather conditions.

  8. Thanks Heather. Nature's better than a calendar lol

    Thanks Jan. I'm told that the RSPCA would probably put the swan down. Making inquires to see if any one else can help.

  9. The Whitethroat singing, it is superb. And I hope the Swan is feeling better.

  10. Thank you Bob.

    I phoned a local animal charity today, and they were going to come out to get the swan, and take it to a rescue center.

  11. Thats' good new about the Swan adn I found it interesting that the Whitetroat's beak could be a buildup of foodstuffs. I would like to video more even thogh it is just with my still camera anad wondered how to joined each bit of video? Do you need a special programme for that? I also like the way each bit moved on.

  12. Thanks Margaret. Hopefully the swan will be sorted soon.
    For video, I join the clips using Serif Move Plus, but Windows do have a free movie editor combined with Windows, called Windows Live Movie Maker. Worth looking at.

  13. Beautiful song from the Sedge Warbler. I saw one Swift when driving back home on Thursday.

  14. Thanks John. It's good to see the Swifts again.