Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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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




Sunday, 26 April 2015

Five Yellow Wagtails, Five Common Sandpipers and one Spotted Flycatcher




A good visit today; and my first Sedge Warbler of the year too.



Dull and cloudy start, but it soon brightened up when I spotted a Common Sandpiper circle round Cormorant island.
A quick scan along the shoreline, but I couldn't find it again.
I was going to go round the north lake first, but for some reason I backtracked, and went round the south lake first; I'm glad I did.


Skimming over the water were a lot of Swallows, catching the flies.
Flying with them were a few Sand Martins and House Martins. No sign of any Swifts yet though.


As I made my way round past the houses, I spotted not one, but two Common Sandpipers. And then, to make things even better, a couple of Yellow Wagtails were flying around along the footpath. I counted five in total, in the end.






I carried on towards where the Robin usually is, and as I left some seed for him, sat up in a tree nearby, was a Spotted Flycatcher.
What a day.


Sadly he didn't stay long enough for the camera, so I carried on to the railway arch.


No more work done round the fence, and the field looks like it has something growing in it now.
Not sure what is happening here.


Down the side of the lake towards the north lake now, and the scratchy sound of a warbler was coming from the reeds.
I soon found him. A Sedge Warbler. My first one of the year.






The Swallows seemed to be attracted to the floating algae blaster in the water, and were flying around it, and settling on top for a rest during their feeding sessions.





Under the road bridge, and past the pub.
A few boats were out on the water by now, and a pair of Greylag Geese were swimming past with their goslings.


Up towards the arm at the back of the pub, and a lot of Cuckooflower growing in the grass. For how long I'm not sure. They're bound to be along with the mowers soon.


From the edge of the lake three birds flew off, circled round, and settled on the far side. Three Common Sandpipers.





On round the lake, and a Grey Heron was just devouring his catch.
I'm guessing a Pike, two to three feet long.







It was huge, but he managed it eventually.





I walked up to where the Canada Goose was nesting earlier, and amazingly it's still there. I wish it luck, it's going to need it.


More warblers, and a Song Thrush, and then I was almost back at the car.





A great 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)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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 Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Spotted Flycatcher [sp] (Muscicapa striata)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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  40




Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Warblers and nesting



A beautiful sunny morning for my first visit round the lake, after getting back from Wales.


One thing I noticed straight away, was how green everything looks. Wales was still in stick mode when I left.





Lots of singing from the trees and bushes this morning. The dawn chorus was in full swing with Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird and even some elusive Reed Warblers. What a great time of the year this is.


A pair of Mute Swans were nesting in some reeds; not very well hidden, and on the edge of the lake, on the grass, a Canada Goose had chosen an even worse spot.
Two eggs were already on the grass by the nest, and when she stood to make some adjustments, I saw two more eggs that she was sitting on.
I can't see this being a very successful attempt.



I saw my first Common Terns of the year, and the Mallards hadn't forgotten me.
A small group soon appeared as I made my way past the pub.





The south lake was fairly quiet, and not even a gull in sight.

I had a quick look through the railway arch to see how the work was progressing.
Why anyone would go to so much trouble to fence off a (new) ditch is beyond me .......... unless they're are going to build houses on the newly rolled and flattened field.



Quite a few Cowslips at the far end of the lake.





I made my way to where the Robin usually is, but no sign of him.
I left some seed anyway, and carried on towards the rowing club.


After wondering why I'd seen no Swallows or House Martins skimming over the water, a few moments later a handful briefly appeared.


Past the houses, a few more Cowslips, and then back to the car park.



The sun was still shining.









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)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  33