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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Warblers and Common Sandpipers

First day round the lake, after getting back from Wales, and what a day.

Glorious sunshine, plenty of warblers, Oystercatchers and Common Sandpipers. I was surprised not to see any Swallows or Martins skimming over the water though.

My thanks to Trevor, for keeping an eye on things at home, and here for me.

So, my first Reed Warbler sighting of the year, in his usual spot near the car park. Not so many reeds growing near the edge though, and the chainsaw gang have decimated the willows along the edge too. Going to make life a bit difficult for any nesting birds amongst the reeds, because the cover has now gone.

Lots of green shoots growing from the bushes and trees that have managed to escape the blades though.
Chiffchaff, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers seemed to be calling from every bush and branch, along with all the other regulars. Mix in some sunshine, and you've got a perfect day.

A Long Tailed Tit was busy gathering feathers.

Some nest building?

Up at the wall of the dam, the orange Crocus have now given way to a host of Daffodils, and lots of Cowslip bursting through the grass.

Further along, my first Whitethroat of the year, singing from his usual perch, near the weir.

A flash of a Common Sandpiper, as he kept just in front of me, as I made my way towards the pub.
I finally got a good look at him, but before the camera was ready, he was gone, heading into the sunlight, shimmering on the water. Then I saw another, walking the path near the pub.

On towards the south lake, and halfway along, I spotted a pair of Great Crested Grebes. They'd just finished a head waggling routine, and the both dived. After a few moments, one surfaced, with a beak full of weed, but the second popped up with nothing. I guess they weren't quite ready, because they soon swam off on their separate ways.

One of the Oystercatchers flew overhead, making his 'piping' call as he went,

and more warblers were amongst the bushes.

I went down to see if the Robin was around; (there had been no sign of Doris this morning), and he quickly appeared, waiting for some seed. Not interested in taking it from my hand this morning though.

Past the rowing club, and a lone Common Tern was dive bombing the waters surface; and eventually a Black-headed Gull joined in the fun.

Pink blossom on one of the trees near the car park, a pair of Swans nesting on Cormorant island, a Blue Tit posing,

and then off to the shops, to stock up on some seed for tomorrow.

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 Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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)
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  38


  1. Welcome back Keith. Lots of 'new' birds and some nice sunshine to greet your return to the lake this morning?

    Great images and video...[;o)

  2. While you were away Spring arrived Keith.
    The Blue Tit is a brilliant shot.

  3. Good to see you back....It seems months since you went away.

  4. Cheers Trevor. Spring was out in force here.

    Thank you Roy. Yea, spring is still arriving in parts of Wales.

    Thank you Adrian. Yea, I was beginning to feel quite at home there.

  5. Nice to see you back Keith. Looks like Spring has sprung there.

  6. Welcome back Keith, I was beginning to think you were there permanently :-) Lovely to see you back at the lake and judging by the feeders the birds have missed you. It certainly looks like things at the lake have moved on since your last visit. Lovely photos and video.

  7. It certainly has John. A lovely day.

    Thanks Jan. Hmmm, if only lol
    Filled all the feeders this morning, before myself and Trevor went off out for the day. Hopefully they'll be happier now. :-)