Blue Lagoon NR family walk

After an all day idling we all packed up for a nice evening walk to the nearby Blue Lagoon Local Nature Reserve. The weather turned beautiful by the evening hours. I love those faint lights what paints the nature golden.

I haven’t seen any exciting species and numbers seemed to decrease as migrants passed further north yet it was nice to bird and listen the territorial song of different birds. Amazingly Kea was able to walk with us along the whole 4 km route.

This is the Mediterranean part of the blue lagoon. Warblers prefers this part of the reserve. © Gyorgy Szimuly

This is the Mediterranean part of the blue lagoon. Warblers prefers this part of the reserve. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Today the Blue Lagoon was blue indeed. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Today the Blue Lagoon was blue indeed. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Kea and Andi photographing the blooming Common Cowslip by their iPhones. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Kea and Andi photographing the blooming Common Cowslip by their iPhones. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Home of Common Reed Buntngs and Common Whitethroats. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Home of Common Reed Buntngs and Common Whitethroats. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Growing reedbed vegetation. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Growing reedbed vegetation. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Small pools are good for breeding Common Moorhens. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Small pools are good for breeding Common Moorhens. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The sign at the entrance suggests the Blue Lagoon NR a  good site for butterflies. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The sign at the entrance suggests the Blue Lagoon NR a good site for butterflies. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Sedge Warbler was singing at one of the internal pools. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Sedge Warbler was singing at one of the internal pools. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The best moment was to find a nest of Long-tailed Tits which I haven’t found for many many years. I mapped it by using the GPS Log app for iOS. I was a bit disappointed that no Common Cuckoo was heard or seen. This time of the year they should call loudly. I missed it a lot.

Here is the total list of birds seen:

Greylag Goose 1
Canada Goose 4
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 3
Common Moorhen 3
Eurasian Coot 3
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus graellsii) 6
Stock Dove 5
Common Wood Pigeon 10
European Green Woodpecker 2
Common Magpie 4
Eurasian Jackdaw 2
Rook 3
Carrion Crow 26
Sand Martin 1
Barn Swallow 5
Great Tit 9
European Blue Tit 9
Long-tailed Tit 4
Eurasian Wren 6
Willow Warbler 3
Common Chiffchaff 5
Sedge Warbler 1
Eurasian Reed Warbler 6
European Blackcap 10
Garden Warbler 2
Common Whitethroat 3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
European Robin 18
Eurasian Blackbird 17
Song Thrush 4
Dunnock 2
White Wagtail (Pied) (Motacilla alba yarrellii) 1
Common Reed Bunting 4
Common Chaffinch 2
Eurasian Bullfinch 6
European Greenfinch 3
European Goldfinch 2
Common Linnet 3

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2 thoughts on “Blue Lagoon NR family walk

    • Hi Duncan, I always count birds and submitting all the records to eBird. I tried BirdTrack but was not that easy to use than eBird mobile app. I can give another try…

      Best, Szimi

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