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Friday, 18 April 2014

Yellow Wagtail

Today is Good Friday; and it certainly lived up to its name.

It was a chilly start, until the sun got up, and then it was wall to wall sunshine.
By the car park, in the reeds, I could hear a reeling and chuntering going on. At first I thought Reed Warbler, my first here this year, but on playing the video back, I could clearly see the supercilium, (hark at me, I sound like I know what I'm talking about), which told me it was a Sedge Warbler. Still my first for the year, and just a matter of time before his cousin, the Reed Warbler, puts in an appearance.

Lots of bird song this morning, and plenty of calling coming from the reeds.

I made my way to where the Cetti's Warbler is hanging out, and sure enough, there he was.

Still being a bit evasive most of the time, but eventually I did snatch a couple in sunlight before he disappeared again.

I left him to it, and carried on around the lake.

A few Swallows were skimming over the water, (no boats today), and mixed in with them some Sand Martins and House Martins.
Just the Swifts to arrive now.

Up by the arm that goes behind the pub, and just a few Tufted Duck on the water.
In the bushes though, a very songfull Reed Bunting.

Past the pub, and the daisies, and on towards the south lake.

A Cowslip was looking splendid against the blue sky.

At the far end, a group of Coots were doing what Coots do best.

Fighting as usual.

I left some seed for the Robin; but no sign of him.
There was a rather nice Song Thrush though.

Past the rowing club, and more Swallows and Martins over the water.
They must love it when the boats are in dock.

Up ahead, on one of the jetties, I caught sight of a yellow bird, close to a Pied Wagtail.

A Yellow Wagtail.

I edged closer to get a better look.

He looked stunning in the sunlight.

A few more shots, and then he flew off.

I looked across the lake, and a marathon was just under way.

Time for me to be on my way.

A good Friday.

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 Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima)
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)
Cetti's Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  36


  1. Excellent, I've never seen a Yellow Wagtail. A good start to the weekend..

  2. You certainly had a good Good Friday Keith, Lovely shots of the Cetti's and that gorgeous Yellow Wagtail...sunshine and no boats! A good (Fri)day all round!...[;o)

  3. Usually have a couple at the lake around this time of the year Adrian. They look stunning in sunlight.

    Trev, it was a brilliant morning. I expect tomorrow will have boats and joggers.

  4. Beautiful Bird photos today Keith. It certainly was a good Friday for you. Have a Great Easter Sunday.

  5. Thanks Horst. Yea, a perfect day. Enjoy your Easter too.