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Monday, 12 May 2014

Last one for a while

A quick visit and a short post today; heading off somewhere different for a while.

A dull morning, with some nasty looking clouds, but the rain kept off until I got home.
A few goslings by the pub, and a lot of Swifts over the lake, with Swallows, Common Terns, Sand and House Martins. The Cetti's Warbler is extending his territory; or maybe he just fancied a change of scenery ......... like myself.

It was good to see a pair of Kingfishers fly over the lake this morning, and the Oystercatchers are still pretty vocal, as they fly by.

Sadly the Great Crested Grebes nest up by the houses, was destroyed by the elements the other day. The strong winds whipped up the water, making waves, and destroying it all.
It saved the Parks Trust from getting back to me, anyway. Thank goodness it wasn't something important like a broken piece of trim-track equipment.

And as I walked back to the car, I spotted my first Poppies of the year.

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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. All looking fit and healthy around the lakes this morning Keith, shame about the GCG's nest but I'm sure, one way or another, it was doomed from the start?
    Talking of fit and might have trouble recognising me when you get back...after I've given that trim track a good hammering??
    Have a good one...see you soon...[;o)

  2. A good look round today. You are going away on a high note.

  3. Brilliant images in the video Keith.

  4. Cheers Trev. Yea, I hope the Grebes try again, but somewhere more sensible.
    I'll look forward to seeing a leaner you when I return then. :-)

    Cheers Adrian. Looking forward to my trip.

    Thanks Bob. There were some good birds about today.

  5. I guess we can look forward to some of your fantastic welsh images Keith.?

  6. Have an enjoyable trip, Keith.

  7. A good variety of bird life there Keith. The White Throat looks an easy one to identify.

  8. Got a few in the bag so far Roy :-)

    Thanks Wilma. It's good so far :-)

    Thanks John. He's a lovely bird.

  9. HI Keith great video.I love your walks round the lake. Sorry about the Grebes perhaps they may try again.

  10. Thanks Margaret.
    I had an e-mail yesterday from a local resident, who told me the grebes have nested there again. Silly birds.
    On a brighter note, the nesting swans on the island now have six cygnets.