Tuesday, 12 June 2012

June at Oak Road Lake

We returned to Oak Field this dull and cloudy morning. The Yellowflags are blooming and the lake is looking fantastic with the reeds having grown quite a bit since our last visit and a carpet of some aquatic plant coming through and giving the surface a beautiful salmon colour. I was hoping the Swans with have cygnets by now, but not yet: The pen was still sitting in the only slightly more concealed nest, barely looked at us before settling to snooze, the cob was alert and right next to the nest. He wasn't even lured away when we fed the ducks some distance away in his full view.
There were three coot families, with five, three and three young each. One of the families approached to feed. The young coots preferred to pick the bread from the adults beak than fetch it themselves. As seven mallards approached to be fed, the coots thought things were getting a bit too much for the young and took them a few meters away by the reeds, but one of the adults kept coming and going bringing the bread to the chicks.

A Coot family portrait
Immature Woodpigeon
Reed Warblers kept quiet, but I saw one feeding on the reeds. We also watched a Swallow feeding low over the lake. As we were leaving, a Sparrowhawk flew high, and a Swallow flew right past it.

Bird list
  1. Blackbird
  2. Carrion Crow
  3. Chaffinch
  4. Chiffchaff
  5. Collared Dove
  6. Coot
  7. Dunnock
  8. Feral Pigeon
  9. Goldfinch
  10. Greenfinch
  11. Herring Gull
  12. House Martin
  13. House Sparrow
  14. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  15. Long-tailed Tit
  16. Magpie
  17. Mallard
  18. Moorhen
  19. Mute Swan
  20. Reed Bunting
  21. Reed Warbler
  22. Robin
  23. Sparrowhawk
  24. Starling
  25. Swallow
  26. Swift
  27. Woodpigeon
  28. Wren

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