Monday, 11 May 2015

Warm at East Park

I had a very pleasant morning today at East Park, with wonderful conditions for photography, warm and sunny. Butterflies and other invertebrates were about, swarms of flies including St Marks flies, flew over the lake, attracting the attention of starlings, who sallied out hawking them in the air near the bridge. There was a drake Shoveler on the lake, who attracted the attention of a coot,  and was chased several times probably seeing it didn't belong there. The Shoveler appeared reluctant to go, though, as it flew and returned a couple of times.
 I was glad to spot the great crested grebe chick. One of the adults was on the nest and I wonder if the chick had been resting there, as I didn't see it on my first walk around the lake.
 A nice surprise was the family of Canada Geese, which appeared very vigilant around their small goslings, and constantly called and signalled to them. A crow flew over to the shore to drink and the goslings, responding to the adult calls hid under their mother. There were several irresponsible dog owners that let them loose near the greylag creche, causing chaos amongst them.
 A few House Martins, Swallows and Swifts were about.
A Sparrowhawk on the hunt.
Many Holly Blues on the holly avenue. This female showed interest in the holly buds, where they lay eggs.
Upside down male Great spotted Woodpecker.
Drake Shoveler.
Canada family
The only female Tufted duck in the lake was closely followed by her mate.
One of the Pinkfeet, a male...
...and the other one, a female. I didn't see the third one today.
A swift chase high up.
This crow was displaying to a magpie on the ground. Note how the head feathers are all erect, making it look bigger.
One of the rook nests had a grown chick, which almost came out of the nest when one of its parents came back with food. You can see its head over the rim of the nest.
Coot and chicks.
One of the Great Crested Grebes and grown chick near the nest. This side of the large island looks like a mangrove swamp.
A pair of courting Specked Woods.
Male Holly Blue.
Large white
A female St Marks fly, Bibio marci, >1 cm in size, going into leaf litter likely to lay eggs.

Bird list
  1. Blackbird
  2. Blackcap
  3. Blue Tit
  4. Canada Goose
  5. Carrion Crow
  6. Chaffinch
  7. Collared Dove
  8. Coot
  9. Dunnock
  10. Feral Pigeon
  11. Goldfinch
  12. Great Crested Grebe
  13. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  14. Great Tit
  15. Greenfinch
  16. Greylag Goose
  17. Herring Gull
  18. House Martin
  19. House Sparrow
  20. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  21. Long-tailed Tit
  22. Magpie
  23. Mallard
  24. Mistle Thrush
  25. Moorhen
  26. Mute Swan
  27. Pink-footed Goose
  28. Ring-necked Parakeet
  29. Robin
  30. Rook
  31. Shoveler
  32. Song Thrush
  33. Sparrowhawk
  34. Starling
  35. Stock Dove
  36. Swallow
  37. Swift
  38. Tufted Duck
  39. Woodpigeon
  40. Wren

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