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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail and Mandarin Duck

After the Yellow Wagtails yesterday, Trevor came over early this morning in the hope of seeing them. He wasn't disappointed.

We made our way to where I'd seen them, and there on one of the boat jetties was a Common Sandpiper.

A good start.

A few pictures, and then we were surprised to find a Wheatear there too.

Some quick shots before it vanished ...........

.....and the next bird up was a Yellow Wagtail.

What a great start to the day.

Pictures fulfilled, we set off round the lake a bit further.

I was watching the Swallows skimming over the lake, when Trevor called out,
"Mandarin Duck!"

I swung the camera up just in time to get a couple of shots as it flew across the lake.

We carried on.

At the footbridge over the river, a great spot for warblers, we found a Long Tailed Tit visiting its nest with beak fulls of insects, Blackcap, a fly past by a Kingfisher, and a Garden Warbler.

What a great morning; and we still had just over half the lake to do.

Quickly fed the Mallards by the pub, and then down towards the weir.

A Reed Bunting was collecting some nesting material,

and a Grey Heron was lazily taking in the rays of the sun.

Up towards the wall of the dam, and a couple of Whitethroat calling in the trees.

The sun was beginning to warm the air by now, and we were soon back at the car park.

A few more warblers to see, an Orange Tip butterfly and a Speckled Wood, and then back home.

Great morning.

A rather hurried post today, and a very short video with a few of the stars today.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Northern Wheatear [sp] (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  45


  1. Excellent trip around the lakes this morning Keith, with a great selection of birds putting on a wonderful show, including a few new 'ticks' to keep the year list going along the way.
    Just one thing though...can you please arrange for them to turn the heating up a little for my next visit?...Brrrrr!...[;o)

  2. It certainly was a good 'un today.
    It was a bit chilly tho'.

  3. Yellow wagtail, what a find. I've never seen one. I'll have to start looking at warblers much more closely.......I promise myself I will.

  4. The Yellow Wagtail is a real stunner Adrian, especially when the sun shines on them, so yellow they look like a Canary.

  5. They are precious, the Grey Heron is above everyone else.

  6. Thanks Bob. It was a great visit.

  7. Everything is better when share with A FRIEND. Terrific look at the Y. wagtail!

  8. Sorry for late reply Sondra, I'm having big problems with my computer at the moment. It seems to be going into meltdown.

    We did manage to see some great birds that day.