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

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Cetti's Warbler

I met Trevor at the lake this morning, and we had a stroll in the sun, hoping to see Swallows and Martins.

The usual crowd of birds were out on show, including lots of Chiffchaff and quite a few Blackcaps.

Another bird we managed to see this morning, was the Cetti's Warbler.
It's been a couple of years since I've seen one here, so it was good to see and hear another. In fine voice too.
Just a short video clip unfortunately; too shy for a photo shoot.

As we made our way up round the back of the pub, I thought I heard the sound of an Oystercatcher. A few seconds later two flew past, calling as they went.
Maybe they are nesting again on the island.

Making our way down the south lake, Trevor picked up a bird as it flew into a hedge.
A fine looking Willow Warbler, (my first here for the year), preening and stretching his wings.

Doing his best to hide in the bushes.

We also managed some video footage.

A quick feed for the Robin, and the waiting Crows, and it was then past the rowing club.
Right on cue, for about this time of the year, a Swallow flew across the lake. We got the bins focused, and found a few more, skimming over the water, in the spring sunshine.

As we made our way back to the car park, up above a Buzzard flapped by.

Nice morning.

Full list of today's birds

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)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Cetti's Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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


  1. Great stuff! I miss so much when I'm running and cycling, you must really have to develop the eye for it

  2. Super singing in that video! Nothing finer than that. We've had 2 cloudy rainy days in a row now so Im ready for the sun to shine and the birds to sing.

  3. It was a very enjoyable three hours walking in the sunshine (and the wind) this morning Keith. The 'cast' of Caldecotte certainly put on a good show for us, and I saw my first Swallows of the the year....summer has arrived!...[;o)

  4. No chance of my seeing the video till tomorrow. It sounds like a good day.
    I'm going back down the loch and if the weather chirps up I'll camp out for some birds and an Otter.

  5. Thanks Simon. I think going at a slower pace helps lol

    Thank you Sondra. I love the sounds of spring :-)

    It was a lovely morning; a bit cool first thing though. The rest of the warbler gang will soon be here.

    We had a very good day Adrian. Not the usual video today though, I let the birds do the talking.

  6. It was a good day. That is one hell of a zoom on the video camera.

  7. Hi Keith. Great video. love hearing. All the birds singing but it is a pity the roar of the traffic is so close. crackling selection of birds for your 3 hour walk around the lake. I have not seen a swallow yet but am going to the Copeland Island this weekend so perhaps one will fly over.

  8. Thanks Adrian. It's a great little camera. Ideal for zooming in on the far away birds to try an ID them.

    Thanks Margaret. Despite all the traffic nearby, it's amazing how the birds still seem to flock here.
    Good luck with the Swallow.