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Friday, 22 April 2016

Caldecotte Lake

Today, me and the boy had our daily fix of the local lake.

Since no-one reads this blog it really doesn't matter what I say; but there were some good birds, and some twats too.

Despite some signage, a few idiots still choose to ignore the warnings ............... or maybe they are just stupid, ignorant arseholes.

Plenty of birds to see around the lake today, even 3 Oystercatchers.

A pair of Collared Doves were looking very content,

nesting close to where they were sitting.

Some of the local birders have been getting very excited today about reports of a White Stork flitting around. Is it a 'real' bird? Is it an escapee?
Can't they just appreciate a beauty for what it is? A beauty, without a fucking autopsy of its credentials of where it might have been, where it could of come from, and can I 'tick' it?

Back in the real world, the Cowslips have been looking good.

Plus today I saw my first Swifts of the year.

Some good sightings today

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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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 Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38

Which brings my total for the lake this year to 74

Not bad for a lake that is pretty much ignored by the local birders.

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