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

Monday, 7 July 2014

Common Sandpiper

A good early start this morning; up before the sun had got dressed properly.

After feeding the waiting Magpies and Crows with some left over bread, digestive biscuit, a few grapes and some seed, I had a quick check on the island, before making my way round the north lake.

An overnight Little Egret was in the trees on the island, and a few geese down below, with some Mallards.

Back towards the north lake, and the birds were singing in fine voice.
Most were a bit camera shy though, and decided to fly off as soon as the camera was pointed in their direction.

Under the road bridge, a Kingfisher flew across the lake, and down towards some trees.
A group of geese were on the grass in front of the pub, and a Heron was at the waters edge.

I carried on towards the bandstand.

Reed Warblers were calling from the reeds, and a small group of Tufted Duck were out on the water.

Past the wall of the dam, and on towards the gully, where a Grey Heron was paddling in the water.

Eventually he hopped up onto the wall, and began searching for insects amongst the ivy clad wall.

Round past the pub, and on towards the south lake.

A small group of juvenile Long Tailed Tits were sweeping through the trees, and as usual, didn't keep still for long. I did manage a couple of pictures though.

By the footbridge, some more, and a couple of juvenile Willow Warblers.
These young birds will soon be heading off to Africa for the winter.
Amazing to think that in their short lives, they'll travel much further than I ever have; and all without the aid of a sat nav, or map.

No sign of the Robin by the bird hide, but I left some food anyway. I did spot a juvenile, so maybe his offspring?

Towards the rowing club, and I spotted a Little Egret preening up in the trees of the other island. Another overnighter I guess.

A Common Tern held my interest for a while, as it was hovering and diving over the water. On one of the jetties, one was preening.

I noticed he had a leg ring, but too far away to see what the numbers were.

Along with him, was a Common Sandpiper.
A bit of video, and then as I was about to take some pictures, he flew across towards the houses; and the shade.

At the next bay, the Great Crested Grebes were having their third attempt at building a nest.

I do hope they are successful this time. They certainly deserve to be, if only for their perseverance.

Back towards the car park, and I caught another brief glimpse of the Common Sandpiper as he flew around the bottom end of the lake, eventually settling on the island.

An excellent morning.

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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  32


  1. A really good look round today.
    I spent ages trying to get Sandpiper pictures at Loch Ness. I can hear them but they are as fast as Swallows.
    You off to Wales?

  2. Cheers Adrian. I went early, and had an uninterrupted walk round. Heaven.
    The Common Sandpipers are quite a wary little bird and difficult to get close to.

    Yea, Wales beckons.

    1. They are quick and can fly fast. If the light catches them right they are almost as good as Golden Plover.

  3. I know what you mean about those sandpipers they are quick! I really hope the grebes make babies this time!! They don't give up--love that little LT-tit he is a cutie. Enjoy yourself.

  4. HI Keith You were up very early this morning to walk around the lakes and it was lovely to see the video and all the birds you found today. Those poor grebes are having a hard time breeding this year. Love the Heron shot and reflection. So you are off the Wales again. Do you always go to the same place? My friend from the I.O.W. has just come back from Wales and she went to see the Ospreys and had hoped to go to Skomer but the weather wasn't good the day she was near there and didn't make it over. I wish you all the best in your beloved Wales.

  5. Hi Keith....Nice walk around the lake area today! Love those Long Tailed Tit's so cute!!
    Everything looks lush and green. Your sounding good , hope your feeling good to!!



  6. Sondra, Margaret and Grace, thanks for your comments.