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Monday, 16 March 2015

Water Rail and Oystercatchers

Despite the crap weather; dull and raining, it wasn't a bad wander round this morning.

After feeding the Crows and Magpies with some seed, a couple of old rolls and a few grapes, I made my way towards the north lake.
As I got to the footbridge, running along the channel underneath, a Water Rail made a quick exit into the undergrowth.
Not the first time I've seen them at this spot, and a good start to the morning.

Chilly morning, and damp. I didn't bother with the usual camera today, so the two pictures I did take later, are not very good, but serve as a record of what I saw.

No sign of any Herons fishing under the footbridge further along, and no Cormorants fishing either. A few flew overhead, and more were on Cormorant island earlier.

Past the houses, and a Coot was spending a lot of time chasing a lone Tufted Duck across the water. I think the Tufted was cruising too near where the Coot was building his nest.

The gulls were slowly streaming overhead, as they were leaving the roost on the south lake, and a small group of Wigeon were grazing further along.

Round the arm, at the back of the pub, just a few Coots, Canada Geese, and a couple of Greylags. A Little Egret flew up from the edge of the river, and flew over the footpath ahead, before dropping back down to the river again.

On towards the pub, and just ahead, probing in the grass, were the pair of Oystercatchers.

 Back once again for another breeding season. Becoming quite regular now.

Before I reached the road bridge, to go to the south lake, a couple of Mallards came waddling over for some seed. Seems they haven't forgotten me. Neither had the Crows and Magpie, that were eagerly waiting for their chance too.

Some Reed Buntings in the reeds that edge the south lake, and a few grazing Canada Geese, one or two Black-headed Gulls flying over, and some Wood Pigeons.

I reached the far end of the lake, and made my way towards the railway arch.
Trevor had hinted that some work had been going on there.

Bloody hell! A channel dug along the edge of the field, a shiny metal fence, and more trees cut down.

I soon left, and made my way to feed the Robin.

A small group of Redwing were foraging under the bushes and a couple were in the trees.

A few Pochard still around, and a Great Crested Grebe was getting very protective of his mate, chasing away ............. eventually, another suitor.

Past the rowing club, (still raining), a Lesser Black-backed Gull was mixing with a group of Black-headed Gulls on one of the jetties.

Finally back at the car park, and half a dozen Moorhen running across the grass.

Not a bad morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31


  1. A nice long list of sightings for this morning Keith, even with the lack of trees and bushes!
    It's good to see that the lone Oystercatcher I saw a few day's ago has now got a mate, let's hope they have a good year?
    That's a very smart and shiny new fence..I wonder what it keeps out..or in?...[;o)

  2. Cheers Trev. Quite a good mornings visit, with some good birds.
    Yea, was good to see the Oystercatchers again.
    Not sure what that fence is for. Must be something big going in the field if it needs a moat too?

  3. HI Keith So sad to see more trees cut down and that ugly fence erected. You certainly had a cracking set of bird this morning on you walk and it would bhave been lovely to see the water Rail..

  4. The increasing encroachment of residential development on a green spce?

  5. I hope that they haven't sold that land for building. Good to see the Oystercatchers back.

  6. Thanks Margaret. The Water rails here are very good at eluding me at the moment. I'll get them on camera or video one day.

    Simon, I fear you could be right. I think the two fields may have been sold. No sign of any ploughing at the moment.

    Adrian, I think there could be a few houses built here soon.
    I'm glad the Oystercatchers are back. Hopefully they'll be successful again at breeding.

  7. It will be fun to watch the Oystercatchers go through their nesting this year.. More houses? Don't we have enough houses yet? I think so..

  8. Couldn't agree more Sondra. Too many houses and far too many people.

  9. Beautiful Oystercatchers, I love the video.

  10. Thank you Bob. Lovely birds aren't they.