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

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Oh, what have they done?

First visit for a couple of months, and what a change.

The water levels are now back to normal, but the chainsaw brigade have been out in force.
It goes under the pseudonym of management.

The RSPB have a slogan; 

"If you build it, it will come."

Not to be outdone, the Parks Trust have one now, 

"If they come here, we'll make sure they don't stay."

The sound of Chiffchaffs calling from what trees were left, was everywhere.
The cloudy start slowly gave way to some sunshine later, and the birds were definitely in spring mood.
Nest material gathering, nest building, and even some mating by the Mallards. They never seem to stop anyway.
A few even remembered me, and came over for some food.

Cowslips were out in force.

The pub extension is finished.

I did notice a lack of gulls though. Maybe they've all been sent packing.

As I made my way down to the south lake, the sun was beginning to shine, and three Mute Swans were happily flying aimlessly around.

Backlit by the sun, as was the tree blossom.

At the far end of the south lake, in what is jokingly called a 'conservation area',

the shrubs have been levelled.

I suppose the pending Willow Warblers, Garden Warblers, Blackcaps and others, will have to find somewhere else to build their nests this year.

My first Sand Martins of the year were spotted down by the rowing club, and when I got back to the car park, more Chiffchaff, and my first Blackcap of the year. A stunning male, making his presence known.

Sadly the footbridge area, by the car park, has been cleared of shrubs and brambles.
It was always a good spot to see the birds up close, especially when it was sunny.
There was even a Firecrest amongst the brambles one year, and Spotted Flycatcher.

This year it's ..... er, crap.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31


  1. HI Keith Good to have you back but what a lot of habitate the conservation people have destroyed. What are they thinking?? Well I suppose they are NOT thinking of the wild life!! Great to see the Cowslips flowering and enjoyed the video. The extension looks good. Have a great weekend.

  2. They may send a guy out with a weed whacker to get those flowers! Looks like they are surburbanizing the area to make it more friendly to humans and less to wildlife..the birds you did saw were great tho!!

  3. Good to see and hear you back safe and sound.
    They have been conserving for all they are worth.

    The Daffodils look a bit untidy. Ask them to plant them in neat rows for next year. These scruffy out of order ones will strim in a moment or two.

  4. Thank you Margaret. I doubt if the wildlife were even considered in the grand scheme of things here.
    Enjoy your weekend too.

    Sondra, I think you could be right. The place is fast becoming a 'people playground'.

    Maybe they could pour concrete over the whole area Adrian, and be done with it.
    And the lake must be posing a danger somehow. Fill it in, and turn it into a skate park.

  5. It is the same everywhere, 'They paved paradise and put up a parking lot', oh dear, what are they going to do next????????????

  6. Welcome back Keith, I did try and forewarn you about the 'devastation' that would confront you when you next visited the lake. I know how you must have felt when you first saw it, my heart sank when I saw it and I felt really annoyed and sad that all that habitat had been destroyed. I guess the Parks Trust will just say it's all part of the conservation plan!!
    For now, I guess, there are still a few trees left for the birds to spot you from!...and the Mallards didn't forget you!...[;o)

  7. Our parks trust sucks, they always claim cutting the town to crap is management it just seems a reason to do something, and the areas take years to return to normal if they ever do (I remember the hedge at Willen by the sluice being cut you never get anything there now). I just wish MK parks trust would leave some areas alone.

  8. Bob, you are so right. I wonder where it will all end.

    Trevor, you did warn me, but I didn't think it would be so bad as this. They seem hell bent on destroying the place.

    Ashley I couldn't agree more. There's management, and then there is vandalism. Their time would be better spent picking up all the rubbish around the lake; especially after it was flooded. An unbelievable ammount of crap littering the sides of the lake. More dangerous to people than a few tall trees and shrubs.

  9. I really hate this official obsession with tidiness - makes no sense at all. Any day know they'll be coming out to decapitate the daisies again!

  10. and just when our bees and other insects need them Phil.

  11. Total and utter destruction of nature habitat you will not be surprised to know Keith is not confined to Milton Keynes. The large Parkland that I walk around, they are doing exactly the same. Why the b….. hell do they do this. They are turning it into a Theme Park. I reckon there is a new wave of junior management staff coming on in these park management areas. Full of crap and business speak and probable cannot tell the difference between a House Sparrow and a Grey Heron.

  12. Very true Roy. Seems to be happening all over the country; much more in the last few years. An urge to make the countryside more people friendly at the expense of the wildlife that lives there. A travesty.

  13. Hi Keith.... Well it is good to hear that voice again , and know you haven't changed any ; )!!
    The flowers are gorgeous!! Sorry looking sight though with all the hacking away at the trees and brush!!
    Unfortunately it is the same here to!!

    Hugs my friend


  14. Thanks Grace. A sad state our world is becoming in the name of tidiness and H&S.

  15. Lovely blog, very much the sort of thing I try to do with mine!