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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and Whisky

Since getting back from Wales last week, I've had a daily visit to the lake with Whisky. The idea is to get him used to the car.
We're getting there.
This is the first blog post since getting back, and there were some good birds to be seen.

First thing I've noticed, is the introduction of a new rubbish bin at the car park.
Every day it's been full, so hopefully that will go a long way to helping the problem of the dirty buggers that just dump their rubbish.
We'll see.

Garden Warblers and Blackcaps were calling around by the footbridge at the car park, along with foraging Blue Tits, Blackbirds and a Song Thrush.

We walked under the road bridge, and opposite, where the pub is, a Common Sandpiper flew to the edge, was disturbed by a jogger, and flew back again.
One of the Oystercatchers was visible too, by one of the boat jetties.

Just the north lake today, because I'm awaiting a parcel, that will hopefully come later.

Towards the footbridge by the bandstand, a Grey Heron was standing on the handrail.

Grey Heron

Heading towards the wall of the dam, we met up with four other dog walkers, with a variety of dogs between them .............. various ages, sizes and breeds. Half a dozen.
They were all friendly, and Whisky was in his element ............ dogs and people.
I know I would say this, but he does seem to be, (at the moment), a very sociable dog, which is a good thing.
He doesn't seem to want to chase after the ducks and geese either. Probably because in Wales he was used to a large goose, and 13 chickens running around the place.
Hopefully he will stay this way. There's nothing worse than seeing a dog, off a lead, chasing and harassing the wildlife.

Up by the wall of the dam, is an area of long grass, that is a magnet for Marbled White butterflies, amongst other species.
It wasn't the best time of the day to see them, they do like a bit of sun and warmth, but I managed to get a couple on video, while Whisky was charging through the long grass.
I spent a long while here a couple of days ago in the sun, and the area was full of Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, and Common Blue Damselfly.


Eventually we left here, and carried on round the arm of the lake, at the back of the pub.

Lots of geese on the water, and Common Terns flying overhead.
More geese in front of the pub, and quite a few juvenile Pied Wagtails. They do seem to do well here.

Finally it was over the road bridge, and back to the car park.

A good visit today, enjoyed by us both.

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 Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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 Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species 28


  1. Great to have a video again.
    That heron was very brave.
    The little dog is having a great time. Alf says to tell him fillet steak is good in the car.

  2. Everyone talking about marbled white butterflies, not in Nottinghamshire! Never seen one, unfortunately.

  3. HI Keith I really enjoyed walking round the lake with you and Whiskey. it has been quite a time since I saw what was on it and I loved seeing the Marble Whites. Whisky is very good off the lead. Can Whisky jump into your cae yet? If so give him a reward everytime he does it and that might encourage him.

  4. Thanks Adrian. Yea, I was beginning to wonder when that Heron would fly off.
    I'll pass Alf's message along.

    Simon,hopefully you'll see one soon. They're are a beautiful butterfly.

    Thanks Margaret. Whisky is pretty good off the lead at the moment. He's not very good at jumping up into the car yet, or the settee either. :-)

  5. Nice to hear that you and Whisky are doing well. My internet connection is too slow right now to view your video, bummer.

  6. That was fun! I enjoyed having Whisky along, he is so laid back what a dog!

  7. Thanks Wilma. Yea, we're a good team; he flushes the butterflies for me lol
    My internet has been a nightmare the last couple of days, a lot worse than usual.

    Thank you Sondra. So far he has been really good off a lead, and doesn't wander very far; always in sight. When I stop, he stops too. Maybe it will all change as he gets older. :-)

  8. Keith, it looked a lot tidier around that rubbish bin than it did the last time I was there...there was rubbish (someones left over barbecue/picnic) everywhere!

    That Heron was getting a bit brave?

    Good to see that you're training Whisky to sniff out the butterflies for you?...[;o)

  9. Penny is the opposite of Whisky - given half a chance she would jump in to any vehicle with an open door.

  10. Trev, hopefully the bin might remind people not to be so bloody untidy.
    Well, we can but hope. They'll probably set fire to it.
    Thinking of taking Whisky on a twitch next time something big turns up, so that everyone can see it lol

    John, I wish Whisky was a bit more confident about getting into the car.
    He seems a lot better once he's in it, it's just getting in it now.