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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Lesser Whitethroat

A cold frosty start to the day, but the sun was up early, and made a perfect day.

Before going to the lake, I filled up with petrol, and in the trees by the garage, I could hear a Whitethroat calling.
Surely there must be some arriving at the lake any day now?

Back at the lake we left some seed for the birds ................. Crows mostly, and began scanning the bushes and trees in front of the car park.
A Garden Warbler was singing against a Blackcap, Chiffchaff calling from the tops of the trees alongside a Willow Warbler, Song Thrush, Robin, and then the unmistakeable burst of a Cetti's Warbler. Deep in the bushes and moving a few yards each time; but totally invisible.
That's the second one that I know of here at the lake, and yet to glimpse either of them.

We carried on round the north lake. More Blackcap calling, Robins, Blackbirds, Long Tailed Tits roaming the trees, Reed Warblers calling from the reeds, and a few sticks to throw for Whisky.

Soon up at the top end, and possibly some Whitethroat.

I searched the usual places, but nothing, apart from more Blackcaps. There seems to be quite a few of these around this year.

A couple of Dunnocks in the bushes, Pied Wagtail, and then I was walking past the pub.

A pair of Greylag Geese were swimming by, with their two goslings.

A couple of Mallards came over for some seed, and then we were passing under the road bridge, heading towards the south lake.
The unmistakable sound of the Cetti was still coming from the other side of the lake, deep in the bushes.

A Grey Heron was stood by the edge of the lake.

As we neared the far end of the lake, I heard a sound coming from some bushes.
Eventually I managed a glimpse of the bird responsible,

 A Lesser Whitethroat.

A couple more shots, and then he disappeared into the bushes again. Very elusive.

I walked up towards the footbridge over the river, a good spot in the past to see Whitethroat.


A Willow Warbler, and a Chiffchaff high in some trees, and that was it.

Over on the island, at the far end of the lake, I could hear the other Cetti calling. Not much chance of seeing this one.
I left some seed for the Robin, and began making my way past the rowing club.

Quite a few House Martins, Sand Martins and Swallows were skimming over the water,

and taking a break from all the flying, a Sand Martin had landed on one of the jetties.

Interesting to see just how short their legs are.

As I passed the houses, I noticed 2 Swifts circling over Cormorant island. Should be a few more arriving soon.

Back at the car park, a look around the bushes before heading home.

A pair of Bullfinches were busily picking some of the blossom.

Whisky was waiting patiently as I wandered about,

and then finally, we headed off for home; and some breakfast.

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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Lesser Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia curruca)
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)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42


  1. Fabulous shots of the l. whitethroat. I wonder also what the heron is looking for, frogs perhaps?

  2. Thanks Simon.
    I was thinking the same about the Heron; quite often see them just by the edge of the lake.

  3. Thanks for the video. Excellent I always enjoy them.

  4. Thanks Adrian. They can be time consuming getting it to the finished state, but sometimes worth it.

  5. A good morning's wander in the sunshine Keith with a good selection of birds on show...most of them! And a cracking video to document it all...[;o)

  6. Cheers Trev. The lake usually comes up trumps.

  7. The lake sounds alive this year! Wonderful goslings up there with Mom and the Lesser Whitethroat is a beautiful bird I've never seen before so thank you for showing it off!!

  8. The Lesser Whitethroat was a beauty, fabulous shots.

  9. Thanks Sondra. I'm very lucky to have such a great place so near to home. The Lesser Whitethroat is a bird that I don't see much of, so I was very pleased to find and see this one.

    Thank you Bob, they are lovely birds.

  10. Some great flight shots Keith.
    Yes its amazing how short their legs are. They can just about get airborne.
    I did find a Swift on the ground a few years back and it couldn't get airborne until I picked it up and launched it.

  11. Thanks Roy. I think the legs of the Swift are all but useless now, they spend most of their lives airborne.