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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Midweek, 22nd May 2013

Inspirational title, but .......

A dull, cloudy start this morning, but the birds soon brightened things up.
All the regulars were at least heard, if not all seen. Quite the dawn chorus at the moment.

All the swans and their respective offspring seem to be doing well. The only ones I couldn't see were at the far end of the south lake. She's still sitting on the nest, and on any of the cygnets.

The Mallard on the north lake, who had twelve ducklings originally, has finally settled on the number four now. They all look healthy, and hopefully they will all continue to grow fit and strong.

Round by the pub, there were plenty of goslings, in various stages of development. From small, to almost as big as their parents. It seems nature has finally caught up after the bad weather.

Still no sign of the Robin on the south lake, but the food I leave each day has always gone. Maybe it's the Crow.

The tree of caterpillars now has them slowly hatching out, and breaking free from the protective silky web. It won't be long before the leaves are stripped from the trees, and they begin to transform into the white moths.

Past the rowing club, and lots of Swifts, Swallows and House Martins in the air, and scooping up the insects above the water. Good to see the Oystercatcher is still around too.

Another great visit.

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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34


  1. Good to see all the goslings.
    It is a miracle that the tree survives all those caterpillars.

  2. Thanks Adrian. Yea, a couple of weeks and the trees will be stripped of foliage.

  3. Amazing video with the songbirds to start with.

  4. HI Keith..So I missed the lake post yesterday..great video, and I love those little babies riding on Mamma's back, that is so precious to see !!
    Also the romantic foreplay of the Swans is so sweet , that is quite the ritual, but about the time he grabbed me by the neck , I would have wrung his neck lol ; )
    Great video today too !! All those bird singing "the sock off" ; ) no matter the weather the just carry on !
    Those ducks just crack me up laughing...see what you started,,, no complaining now!!
    Those worms are gross..isn't there some bird that would eat
    them : )...poor trees I am surprised they live!!
    Hugs my friend
    Thanks for your comment on my post!!

  5. THEY LOVE YOU! How sweet they run right to you...Feed Me Feed Me, its a wonderful thing to have wildlife trust you. All the babes are awesome, I wish more of them survived...nature can be so hard sometimes. Happy MidWeek Keith!

  6. Thanks Bob. They're all in fine voice in the mornings.

    Thank you Grace. Yea, those swans were a real treat to watch. There's thousands of those caterpillars, and I'm sure lots get eaten by the birds this time of year.

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, those ducks can be quite embarrassing at times lol
    Amazing at times how they recognise me from the other side of the lake.

  7. You are still putting out some great posts. Keep it up. I keep letting life get in the way of posting or commenting. I still "lurk" in the shadows and look at the blogs though. I even think I missed the nesting rookery of thousands of francolns gulls, white faced ibis, snowy egret, night herons. Now I have to wait an entire year for the pleasure of photographing them and washing off all of the 'white wash' they give me and my canoe. Great Day!

  8. Dale, life has a habit of getting in the way of blogging at times. The thing is, to enjoy life first; then blog. Glad you stopped by.

  9. Hi Keith, Lovely to hear the songsters at the beginning of the video and also to see the Greylag 'crèche' :-) I do hope the Mallard family isn't depleted any further.

  10. Thanks Jan. The dawn chorus is really getting going now.
    I think the Mallard chicks should be OK now; they're getting quite big.

  11. Hi Keith i put a pick on my little blog for you , hope you are well.

  12. Cheers Scott. Yea, I saw that with the Rat. lol

    Not into G+, so only comment via blogger.