Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Sunday, 27 April 2014

27th April 2014

Cloudy morning, a few spots of rain early, but still a pleasant walk round.

Quite a few Swallows, House and Sand Martins over the water this morning, along with about eight Common Terns; and of course, some boats.

Good to see the Cetti's Warbler in good voice still,

(a couple of video screen grabs; quality not brilliant)

and a few Reed Warblers around the lake. No doubt some Sedge Warblers as well, but they were keeping a low profile.
A Kingfisher was a nice surprise too, but impossible to catch on video or camera.

There was a real treat here 5 days ago, when a group of 10 Common Scoter dropped in late in the day. I managed a little video, so I'll put it here.

Back to today though, and the usual fare.
The Mallards caught me just outside the pub, and a Chiffchaff was working his way through some bushes at the far end of the lake, searching for caterpillars.

It was good to see quite a few House Sparrows around today also.

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 Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Cetti's Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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  31


  1. It was good to see those Scoters dropping in...just a shame that they didn't hang about for a little longer!
    I enjoyed the video of your walk around the lake this morning, that Blackbird was sure working hard to feed it's family.
    I suppose the Parks Trust are working on the theory that they've destroyed a lot of the other birds habitat, and possible nesting sites, so why should they make a special case for the Terns by putting the old raft back onto it's moorings?...[;o)

  2. Another great morning walk. dawn to dusk sunshine up here. It looks set fair with you as well.

  3. The Scoters were a big surprise Trev. I doubt they'd have stayed today; too many boats.
    A shame about that boat for the Terns.

    It's been sunny all afternoon here Adrian, once I got back from the lake.

  4. You are seeking out some great sightings Keith. Is there no end to your talents.{:))

  5. I'm having a good year so far Roy.

  6. HI Keith Another great post around the lake. great to see the video.

  7. Thanks Margaret.

    Skyline Spirit, thank you.