7 Apr 17

Priorslee Lake: 05:34 – 09:02

7.0°C > 8.5°C: Unexpectedly cloudy but soon started to clear before more low cloud later. Light W breeze. Very good visibility.

Sunrise: 06:31 BST

(51st visit of the year)

Notes from today:
- a first-year Mute Swan arrived and was just about to touch down when it noticed the cob at full speed chasing the Canada Geese that had just arrived: he decided to leave. All the commotion and the en came off the nest to see what was going on
- more Tufted Duck today: one pair flew out before 06:00
- the cob swan had already had a go at the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at 05:45 – I guess it is likely that it roosted. When the gull eventually left at 06:30 it seemed to have a damaged wing, unable to lift it above the horizontal, even though it flew off strongly
- 2 Sand Martins flew more or less straight through at 08:00
- 2 Redwings seen in trees
- Song Thrushes heard singing from nine different locations this morning but I am not entirely convinced there are more than five different songsters
- no moths again
- a millipede, probably Tachypodoiulus niger
- small bat sp., presumed a Pipistrelle, flying pre-dawn
- a few Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) flowers opened since yesterday
- first Lady's Smock / Cuckooplant / Milkmaid (Cardamine pratensis) flowers

Birds noted flying over the lake
- 5 Greylag Geese
- 1 Canada Goose
- 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
- 2 Feral Pigeons
- 19 Wood Pigeons
- 428 Jackdaws
- 2 Rooks again
- 1 Meadow Pipit
- 1 Linnet

Hirundine counts
- 2 Sand Martins

Warblers counts: number in brackets = singing birds
- 11 (9) Chiffchaffs
- 3 (3) Willow Warblers
- 10 (7) Blackcaps

The counts from the lake area
- 3 Mute Swans (see notes)
- 2 Canada Geese briefly
- 7 (5♂) Mallard
- 14 (8♂) Tufted Ducks
- 2 (3?) Grey Herons yet again!
- 6 Great Crested Grebes
- 7 Moorhens
- 26 Coots again
- 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull

The early cloud clearing away to the SW to leave a clear (and tame?) sunrise.

... we not quite. A bit of colour.

And worth another shot.

.. or two!

The first-year Mute Swan still with some grey in the plumage decides not to stop.

The cob Mute Swan and one of the Canada Geese – the swan was chasing the other goose which was hiding behind one of the boat platforms.

A drake Mallard in close-up. Note the blue speculum just peeking out from the folded wing.

And his mate, also keeping a careful watch on me.

It is usually male Blackbirds that are better at posing for photos, so this female was welcome.

“My larder”: this spider is possibly Tetragnatha montana but genitalia examination is needed to separate several similar species.

This is something new for me: a millipede. It seems to be Tachypodoiulus niger, known variously as the white-legged snake millipede or the black millipede. Quite what it was doing climbing down a lamp post is hard to say!

These are the first flowers of Lady's Smock / Cuckooplant / Milkmaid (Cardamine pratensis).

The Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) flowers already look a bit tatty.

The fine weather has persuaded some Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) flowers to open.

(Ed Wilson)

On this day in ...........
Priorslee Lake
Today's Sightings Here

Priorslee Lake
Today's Sightings Here

Priorslee Lake
2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Snipe
(Ed Wilson, A. Harper)

The Flash
2 Great Crested Grebes
34 Tufted Ducks
1 Blackcap
3 Chiffchaffs
(Ed Wilson)

Trench Lock Pool
4 Great Crested Grebes
11 Tufted Ducks
12 Sand Martins
1 Swallow
2 Chiffchaffs
(Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake
2 Little Grebes 
5 Great Crested Grebes 
2 Cormorants
1 Heron
15 Tufted Ducks 
1 Sky Lark
3 Meadow Pipits
7 Redwings
39 Fieldfare 
149 Jackdaws
(Ed Wilson)

The Flash
1 Pochard 
48 Tufted Duck 
(Ed Wilson)

Nedge Hill
2 Red-legged Partridge
2 Sky Larks 
1 Redwing
1 Linnet
(Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake 
20+ Sand Martins 
3 Swallows 
1 House Martin 
7 Chiffchaff 
2 Blackcap 
(Martin Grant) 

Priorslee Lake
1 Redshank 
(Ed Wilson) 

Nedge Hill 
Common Redstart 
(Observer Unknown) 

Priorslee lake
3 Great Crested Grebe 
1 Pintail x Mallard 
11 Tufted Duck 
1 Ruddy Duck 
2 Buzzard 
2 Sand Martin 
5 Meadow Pipit 
4 Blackcap 
8 Chiffchaff 
1 Willow Tit 
3 Reed Bunting 
(Martin Adlam) 

Priorslee Lake 
6 Great Crested Grebes 
1 Heron 
3 Cormorants 
4 Tufted Ducks 
2 Ruddy Ducks 
118 Jackdaws 
4 Stock Doves 
3 Sky Larks 
3 Meadow Pipits 
19 Robins 
27 Blackbirds 
1 Redwing 
1 Blackcap 
7 Chiffchaffs 
4 Willow Warblers 
17 Magpies 
3 Jays 
8 Greenfinches 
10 Siskins 
5 Reed Buntings 
(Ed Wilson)