Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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



Sunday, 11 August 2013

Butterflies and Egrets



A lovely sunny start to the morning, and the lake was looking splendid.



The Bramble bushes are beginning to heave with fruit now, some turning black already. The birds are going to be in for treat. A lot of juvenile birds about; the trees were alive with their comings and goings.

A few Common Terns flying around, and diving into the water, as they search for fish, and a few Cormorants doing a spot of fishing too.
Great Crested Grebe families were swimming together, and the cygnets are all doing well, and growing fast.

The top end of the north lake had a few noisy Green Woodpeckers, yaffling away as they were flying across the water, and a couple of Grey Herons were like statues, as they stood motionless, waiting for an unsuspecting fish to pass by.

Round past the pub, Starlings probing the grass, and Canada Geese gathering in groups.


Onto the south lake.


The sun was still shining, so I decided to walk through the long grass at the side of the lake, and search for butterflies. No sooner had I stepped amongst it, a Common Blue presented itself.





A very tatty looking specimen, (a lot of these about), as were most of the other butterflies I encountered.






 Meadow Brown



It wasn't just butterflies; there were quite a few Six-spot Burnet moths, Silver Y, and a couple of Common Carpet.







Plenty of Small White, resting, waiting for the sun to gain some strength,






and some spectacular looking Small Copper.



 They really 'shine', in the sunlight.




I seemed to be disturbing so many from their slumber, that I got back on the path eventually, and left them to it. I made my way to the footbridge, over the river, towards the far end.

A couple of Jackdaws flew overhead as I began to scan through the trees and brambles.
Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, and Willow Warbler were all busily flitting around in their search for insects.

Round past the bird hides, and the Lord and Ladies were thrusting their way through the ground, under the trees.



 A sign Autumn isn't that far away.



Making my way towards the rowing club, I looked back at the island, and found amongst the trees, a Grey Heron, with two Little Egrets either side.

Past the houses, and on towards the car park, and over by Cormorant island, a family of Mute Swans taking a nap, a couple of Herring Gulls, Cormorants, and up in the trees, two more Little Egrets.






An enjoyable morning, with plenty to see.











Full list of today's species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  35


Sunday, 4 August 2013

Back for August



My first visit after being away in Wales for a month.


A lovely morning, marred only by a local tosser walking his three dogs off a lead, that decided to chase after a family of Mute Swans up by the rowing club. Thankfully the birds managed to escape into the water in time, even though one dog chased after them into the water.
The tosser didn't seem in the least bothered or concerned.
Maybe the Parks Trust could put a few signs up, reminding people to keep their dogs under control.


(I noticed that the local RSPB North Bucks Group have a field trip round here in November. A 10 a.m. start though)



Ok, the feeders were soon filled, and I began making tracks round the north lake first.
A large dragonfly was flying round the bushes; I'm guessing a Brown Hawker, since I've seen these flying quite early in the past.

It was good to see the Oystercatcher over by the pub, and a few Common Terns flying around.


Further along I came across some droppings.




 I was wondering if they might be from an Otter? (Or maybe someone hasn't cleaned up after their dog).
Looked similar, but larger, to the gifts left by my garden hedgehog.
Not an expert on poo; although I have been known to talk a lot of it at times.


Up on the wall of the dam, a few Black-headed Gulls, and a Common Tern, taking in the sun.





I searched through the long grass looking for butterflies, but only found that my legs were getting wet instead. The boat that floats out on the lake here was empty. Last time I was here, the Common Terns were attempting to nest, yet again. I wonder if they had any luck this year.


Round to the pub, and a few Canada Geese around, and out on the water, and a Great Crested Grebe was carrying two juveniles on its back.





South lake, and the long grass by the edge, held a couple of butterflies.
The first one I found, and videoed, I thought at first was a meadow Brown, but looking at the picture I took, I've decided on a Gatekeeper.





The Small Copper was a much easier ID.





The next one, found in the bushes, I'm plumping for a Small White.





Up by the footbridge, over the river, usually a good spot for a few warblers.
It didn't disappoint this morning, with a juvenile Blackcap, and this juvenile Chiffchaff.





The usual Grey Heron was on guard at the far end, but no sign of my little Robin by the hide. I left him some seed anyway.


Down towards the rowing club, and the aforementioned tosser and his dogs, and then round by the houses. A lone House Martin flew overhead, and a couple of juvenile Grey Herons were having a dispute over who has the fishing rights in the distance.






A couple of Common Terns fishing in front of Cormorant island; and then it was time to head home







Enjoyable morning; and now the gardening head has to go on. Some weeding to do at home.








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)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31