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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Red Kite over

A holiday weekend so a very quick visit round the north lake, and the weather wasn't too good either.

After topping up the feeders I slowly made my way towards the footbridge, by the car park. A distant bird in the sky caught my eye. A Red Kite. Nice one. On I went with a spring in my step.

A cooler, windier day today, after a couple of days of sunshine, and no coat.

A few Reed Warblers calling in the bushes, and five Common Terns around today. Two have laid claim to the boat at the top end of the lake. Maybe they will breed again this year. Sadly every attempt the last few years has ended in tragedy for the chicks though. None have survived beyond the early stages of life.

Interesting to see a couple of Black-headed Gulls again. I'm guessing these are the ones that were unsuccessful in finding a mate.

As I reached the pub, a few spots of rain were falling from the dark clouds.
Skimming over the water by the rowing club, a group of Swallows, a couple of House Martins, and I counted one Sand Martin amongst them.

Over the road bridge, and then back to the car. I managed to dodge the worst of the rain.

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)
Red Kite [sp] (Milvus milvus)
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)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)

Total species  26


  1. The Red Kite was a find and a half.
    It's a pity they aren't big enough to eat the filthy scroats that chuck litter everywhere.

    You have been enjoying better weather than I have. It is still freezing here first thing.

  2. Absolutely brilliant the Red Kite flying.

  3. Adrian, couldn't agree more. A few Red Kites carrying off these buggers would be a good idea. It's such a shame that these people are around, spoiling it all for others.

    Thanks Bob. Great bird to see.

  4. There's some dirty, thoughtless and un-appreciating buggers about Keith. Sadly I guess, there'll be a few more of them about over the weekend too?

    No coat this morning, but what about the thermals?

    Is that the first Red Kite over the lake?

    Have a good weekend...[;o)

  5. Sadly, I think you're right Trevor. If we have a sunny Bank Holiday weekend, I dread to think what state the place will be in.
    Interestingly, that's only the second Red Kite I've seen around/over the lake. The first one was almost to the day in 2010 ..... 3rd April, and the same spot.

  6. Hope there wont be too much trash around Keith....Its a shame the Terns havent raised a family yet but they keep trying...a cardinal in my yard lost 3 eggs this week I dont know what happened, maybe a snake got the eggs. Enjoyed the video with the chatty warbler and the concentrating heron..Enjoy your Sunday evening.

  7. Hi Keith...Sure sounds breezy, looks like the birds are having a bit of a time flying!!
    I noticed that your moving right along at a good clip and not sounding winded, that's a good sign for a "old bugger" ; )
    It sounds like the weather everywhere is back and forth right now.just don't' know how to dress!!

  8. Thanks Sondra. Unfortunately good weather seems to bring out the litter louts the world over. I'm hoping the Terns can be successful this year.

    Thank you Grace. I think the long gaps between filming clips helped lol