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

Friday, 17 May 2013

Cygnets galore

The weather may have been dull, but it was far from a dull visit.

A lot of Swifts flying overhead this morning on the north lake, and over the water, a good number of Swallows, a few House Martins, and at least one Sand Martin. Lots of activity.

Up at the top end, the usual Sedge Warbler was belting his song out.

 It made a change to see him out in the open for once.

He did fly off after a good rendition of his repertoire, but even in a tree, he was still visible.

Up at the gully end, a Mute Swan has been sitting on her nest for some now.
Finally, today, I saw the cygnets. Two. But the shot I was most pleased to get, was this one.

 A cygnet, riding on its mothers back.

I've tried for ages to get a shot like this, and never managed to see it before. All I have to do now, is get a better one; but for now, I was very happy to get this.

Up by the pub, families of Greylag and Canada geese were parading their offspring.
The Canada Geese looked as though they'd inherited an extra to the family; one of the goslings was twice the size of the others.

On round the south lake, and more Swifts overhead, and Swallows skimming the water.

At the far end, lots of Cuckooflower still. I don't think I've ever seen so many here.

 This is one I took yesterday, in much better light.

Another pair of swans have been sitting on a nest for some time on the island at the far end. Today, I saw three cygnets, moving around beside mum as she sat there. These must have hatched out very recently, (I hadn't noticed them yesterday), and as she stood up to make some adjustments to the nest, I managed to count more. At least six in total.

Past the rowing club, round by the houses, and there was the other swan family from Cormorant island, and their seven cygnets. They've grown quite a bit over the last few days, and hopefully now out of danger from most animal predators.

An enjoyable morning.

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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. Brilliant cygnet video...I love seeing them hitching a ride and foraging for weed...Something I can watch for hours.

  2. Thanks Adrian, that's something I've always wanted to see for myself. Just magic.

  3. I love the video especially the cygnet on its Mum's back. I have never seen that so must look out for that. the Goslings are looking good and growing fast. Great shot of the Sedge Warbler. wish they will sit up for me like that.

  4. Thanks Margaret. It was the first time I'd ever seen that too. Glad I managed a picture and video.

  5. Well done Keith, another first!

    The lake was looking more like a creche this morning...great to see though!

  6. Cheers Trevor. Yea, great to see this, and get pictures. Really chuffed!
    A lot of new life about this morning.

  7. that is a trophy shot Keith...HOW sweet!!!!!!!!!!
    ITS a nursery at the lake right now...wonderful.

  8. Not seen a Sedge Warbler yet Keith. Bit late this year around my area.

  9. Thanks Sondra. I found some more cygnets today lol They seem to have had a good year so far.

    I'll send some your way Roy. :-)