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

Monday, 29 April 2013

Yellow Wagtail and a run around Whitethroat

A very quick visit today, and just the north lake.

The pair of Common Sandpiper are still here, along with the Oystercatcher, and a new visitor today; Yellow Wagtail. Unfortunately he wouldn't keep still for long enough, to get a picture or video. Much the same with a Whitethroat, who gave me a right run around trying to get some video.

A Grey Heron did keep still though.

Plenty of other warblers around this morning, but they were all being elusive.

A Common Tern was flying around, but even he was not very co-operative.

I finally settled on something else that wouldn't move.

A backlit Daffodil.

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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Yellow Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla flava)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)

Total species  24


  1. Good luck with the quack. They are a bloody nuisance.

    The daffodil looks great.

  2. Looks like the birds didn't want to play this morning Keith, perhaps they knew you were pressed for time?

    Good luck at the doc's!...[;o)

  3. The doctor was quite nice. Not seen her before, she ...... oh yea, bloody nuisance.

    Trevor, the birds were a nightmare today. Lots there, but unco-operative.
    Blood test required; and cut down on the drink. :-(

  4. Hello,

    Where is the best place to see the Common Sandpipers? I was there this afternoon & failed to see them, I had great views of the Reed warbler near the car park & swifts flying over head.



  5. HI Keith....Well seems you are able to do some quick moves there...made me dizzy ( some people think I am that anyway): )
    Perhaps the birds are like you Keith...somewhat unco-operative ; )!!
    Thanks commenting on my posts..much appreciated!!

  6. Keith..I wanted to say that I loved the backlight Daffy!!

  7. Peter, the Common Sandpipers are pretty mobile, but seem to favour the north lake. From the road bridge, anywhere along the shore line of the pub side, up to the arm that turns to the left.
    Swift numbers are building up now, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple of Black Tern soon. Had them there beginning of May, 2 years ago; last year I was away in May.

  8. Grace, thank you. Yea, today was a very rushed visit, but still enjoyable. :-)