© Andrew Moon
Seven of us this year gathered on the causeway at half past eight for a walk round the lake. The weather was sunny, but chilly and blustery and even the sun had largely disappeared by the time we finished. We saw or in many cases only heard most of the expected birds. There were good numbers of swallows, house martins and swifts over Bury and Stockers Lakes. We had only glimpses of most birds. They were really well buried in the foliage which was in most cases well developed. Several Cetti’s Warbler called from various points round the lake but as ever remained well hidden. Warblers - Reed, a few Sedge, Garden, Blackcap, Chiffchaff - were heard at many spots and we debated about a Whitethroat near the Iron Bridge. Otherwise Blackbirds, Wrens (in profusion), Robins, Chaffinches, and plenty of Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits (with young) were seen. They serenaded us as we passed along.
We saw several Common Terns. However, the tern rafts seem to have been taken over completely again by Black Headed Gulls. No raptors were seen this year which was a little surprising as Red Kites are now quite frequently seen over the lake. There were numerous Grey Heron and Little Egret nests in the heronry and we used our new cameras to have a close-up view of them and their young. As far as we could tell all of the Heron chicks had now hatched. Not many cormorants this year. There were a couple of Pochard a few Moorhens and small numbers of Tufted Ducks, Coots and Canada Geese (with young). Including the other common species like Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie and so on, we spotted and or heard about 46 species altogether (see list below).
It was too cold for butterflies this year and there were no deer either, although they had left scat on one of the cattle meadows. All in all, a good morning.
Full List of Species Seen
Great crested grebe
Grey heron
Little egret
Mute swan
Greylag goose
Canada goose
Egyptian goose
Tufted duck
Stock dove or feral pigeon
Black-headed gull
Herring gull
Common Tern
Collared Dove
Ring-necked Parakeet
House sparrow
Common tern
Cetti’s warbler
Sedge warbler
Reed warbler
Garden warbler
Whitethroat (heard)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard)
Long-tailed tit
Blue tit
Great tit
House martin
Reed Bunting
Dick Beeden