Blue Lagoon NR visit

I have been excited by the nice spring migration activity 10 days ago so I utilized a free morning and picked-up my binoculars to see what was happening in the nearby Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve. Earlier I tried to figure the best routing out, which covers most of the area as I count birds during my visits and by using e-Bird app the BirdsEye BirdLog (World) app.

Mixed scrub and reed vegetation attracts nice number of songbird species at the Blue Logoon NR. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Mixed scrub and reed vegetation attracts nice number of songbird species at the Blue Logoon NR. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The weather was pleasant and silent and luckily no dog walkers were disturbing the birds. There were two new species for the year, the two whitethroat species. Both the Lesser Whitethroat and the Common Whitethroat were continuously singing.

I started to map breeding species around Bletchley by using the GPS Log app which I found it very easy and fast to add a GPS waypoint. Carrion Crows, Common Magpies and probably Common Wood Pigeons are sitting on nests. Common Chiffchaffs have already started to build nests. It was a nice feeling to find adult birds carrying nest materials. It made me remember of the birding times of my young age when searching for nests in spring was always an exciting part of my everyday birding. I could map two different territories.

Surprisingly very few Common Chaffinch territories was found. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Surprisingly I found just a few Common Chaffinch territories. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Complete list of birds counted:

Greylag Goose 1
Canada Goose 5
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 2
Common Kestrel 1 male
Common Moorhen 2
Eurasian Coot 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus graellsii) 17
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Stock Dove 2
Common Wood Pigeon 25
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Green Woodpecker 3
Eurasian Jay 2
Common Magpie 1
Eurasian Jackdaw 2
Rook 1
Carrion Crow 11
Barn Swallow 3
Great Tit 10
European Blue Tit 8
Long-tailed Tit 1
Eurasian Wren 12
Willow Warbler 6
Common Chiffchaff 11
Eurasian Reed Warbler 2
Blackcap 9
Common Whitethroat 4
Lesser Whitethroat 3
European Robin 26
Eurasian Blackbird 10
Song Thrush 4
Dunnock 7
Common Reed Bunting 3
Common Chaffinch 1
Eurasian Bullfinch 1
European Greenfinch 2
European Goldfinch 2
Common Linnet 13

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