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Monday, 18 April 2016

Yellow Wagtails and Oystercatcher

First visit after getting back from Wales, and a good start to begin with.

A Magpie sunning himself.

Blue skies and sunshine to start the morning, and the birds were in fine voice.
Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers seemed to be having a singing contest around the lake, and every so often a Blackcap would join in with his melodic warble.

Whisky enjoyed seeing some of his old friends and catching up on the latest dog gossip.

One thing I noticed straight away, was how the trees have all started to burst into leaf. Back in Wales there isn't much colour in the trees yet, so I couldn't resist taking a back-lit blossom branch.

The sun was short lived though, as a big bank of cloud soon covered the sky, and sent the temperature dropping fast. I wondered if I should just do the north lake, as it looked as though it could possibly turn into a storm ....................... I'm glad I carried on though.

The south lake had lots of House Martins, Swallows and Sand Martins skimming over the water, feasting on the insects.
More Blackcaps calling from the bushes and trees, and as I got down to the rowing club, two flashes of yellow streaked past me.

Yellow Wagtails

A Pied Wagtail was wandering along with them.

Out on one of the jetties, a lone Oystercatcher.

Hopefully his mate was sat on the nest somewhere.

Past the houses and back towards the car park.

Off to see the other half perhaps?

Before we reached the car park, I had to take a picture of this tree in full blossom.

 A shame the sun wasn't shining now.

Full list of today's sightings

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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  36


  1. The back lit blossom is very effective. We are a bit behind you for blossom yet.

  2. Yellow wagtails are such lovely birds. There's a paddock out of town where I usually see them in spring

  3. John, I was quite surprised just how forward the leaves and blossom are here, compared to when I left Wales. Probably about 3 weeks.

    Simon, they certainly are. Always a joy to see them.

  4. Joyful, springtime images, Keith. I like the perspective on the wagtail shots.

  5. What an uplifting set of pictures. I guess it will be a few weeks before I see anything similar.

  6. Those shots of the Wagtails are excellent. I am sure Whiskey misses Wales as much as you do butlovely to see you enjoying your 'patch' Keith.

  7. Welcome back Keith, seems like the birds were putting on a good show for your return?...nice to see the Yellow Wags.
    Just one thing tho'...we could have done without you bringing the Welsh weather back with you!...[;o)

  8. Thanks Wilma. I can't always get the low shots these days. :-)

    Thanks Adrian. Spring has really kicked in here, more forward than Wales and where you are. Great to look forward to though.

    Margaret, thanks. Yea Whisky misses Wales. He was crying as soon as we got back home.

    Cheers Trevor. There's some good birds about at the moment. Saw the pair of Oystercatchers this morning at the island.
    A bit chilly yesterday wasn't it. :-)

  9. I love your tack sharp photos...I can only drool over them. Lovely Spring going on at the Lake!

  10. Thank you Sondra, glad you enjoy them.
    It's a great time of year at the moment, seeing all the new life and spring birds arriving.