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

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Early start for the weekend

An early 5 a.m. start at the lake this morning; sunshine, and not too many people.

A quick look at the island first, and lots of sleeping Mallards and geese. The Mute Swans were swimming around with their seven cygnets, a couple of Great Crested Grebes, and a Kingfisher flew in, and disappeared amongst the bushes.
Good start.

The north lake next, and the sound of birdsong filled the air. Chiffchaff, Reed Warblers, Wrens and lots of Blackbirds foraging under the bushes.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes began some head waggling in the early light; and junior was getting in on the act too.

A few Common Terns were dive bombing the water, searching for small fish, and a couple of Grey Herons were standing at the waters edge, searching for bigger fish.

At the top end, quite a few Canada Geese were busily grazing, until my presence upset them, and they headed off towards the safety of the water.

Towards the pub, and a lot more geese and young ones.
And from the distance came a Mallard, running towards me, with two ducklings running behind. She seems to have lost some since I last saw her.
A few handfuls of seed, and they were quite happily feeding; but she furiously saw off any other Mallards that came too close.

On towards the south lake, and a few clouds were gathering.
The Swifts were flying above, snatching the insects in the air.

At the far end, I stopped to watch a very worn looking Whitethroat.

He was keeping a watchful eye on his three offspring that were much closer, and hiding amongst the bushes.

At the rowing club, a female Mute Swan was busily feeding her cygnets,

and the male wasn't too far away. He was more interested in herding an unfortunate Canada Goose away, that had wandered too far to their breakfast table.

Round past the houses, and a few House Martins had joined the Swifts overhead.

A quick check on the island again, and they all seemed to be asleep still.
A family of Coots swam past,

and then it was back to the car.

An enjoyable walk.

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)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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 Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34


  1. Thanks Keith. A grand walk round the lakes whilst I was making a sandwich for lunch. At least the boaters were still in bed.

  2. It was nice not to see a crowded lake for a change Adrian.
    I even beat most of the joggers this morning.

  3. Up with the birds...its the best time of morning--so good to see the young ones...hope they all make it to inherit the lake!

  4. Thanks Sondra. It was great to see so many young of all species today.
    Early morning is definitely the best time of day.

  5. As you say, an enjoyable walk Keith. A great time of day when most bedroom curtains are still tightly closed and the wildlife is undisturbed.

  6. Thanks John. Yea, I love early mornings.