Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Friday, 10 May 2013

A dull morning

Some exceptional light early this morning.

But after that, it deteriorated somewhat, Dull, cloudy, a bit of wind, spots of rain, and not many birds. I heard lots, but I only count the ones I see.

From the road bridge, towards the south lake, the early sun lit up the far bank.

Over by the pub, two Oystercatchers, feeding amongst the Starlings on the grass, were soon disturbed by a jogger. This was 5:20 this morning; why some people get up so early is beyond me.

Warblers were warbling everywhere, but impossible to see this morning. A couple of Herons, Swallows skimming the water, Swifts overhead, and Common Terns screaming as they dived at the water.
The sun shone, the rain came, the wind blew; it was quite a mixed up morning.

Even this Mallard seemed a little out of place.

At the far end of the south lake, I found a stretch of grass full of Cuckooflowers. A couple of days ago, I was excited I'd seen my first; this morning there were hundreds. And very nice to see.

No sign of the Robin, and as I passed the rowing club, more Swallows over the water, and Swifts high in the sky.

A strange one today.

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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  29


  1. They didn't want their car to get lonely. The light looked brilliant though i'm having trouble with the new laptop monitor so everything looks very vivid.

  2. Thanks Adrian. Yea, nothing worse than a lonely car.

    The second picture is a bit vivid, but a fair representation of the scene at the time. Probably not the best one to look at if the screen needs calibrating.

  3. There was some beautiful light for a short time this morning Keith. (yes I was up in time to see it!)
    It must have looked good around the lake? Pity it didn't last!

    I don't know about getting up early to go jogging, I can hardly put one foot in front of the other!

    Aahh nice...cuddling cars!...[;o)

  4. Hi Keith, It seemed quite a quiet walk after the last couple of your visits which I have just caught up with. Amazing to see how the Lady's Smock have emerged since you showed the solitary one. The sky did look very threatening at one point.

    Lovely to see the ducklings and goslings on the last post not so lovely to see the litter of course. What is the point of taking a rubbish sack and then leaving it there, talk about half hearted!

  5. Thanks Trevor. Yea, the light was pretty good this morning; to begin with.

    Thank you Jan. Had some interesting visits over the last few days.
    Human behaviour never ceases to amaze me.

  6. HI Keith...Hi Keith...Stunning the first photo !!
    You have some strange Mallards over the..never saw one on anything but a log on shore! lol
    The video was so peaceful with the birds chirping, threatening clouds, but still spectacular skies!!
    Wow I think those Cuckooflowers have sprung up for spring!! Lovely!!

  7. Thank you Grace. Those flowers have appeared like magic.