Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me



Thursday, 11 February 2016

Goosander, Water Rail, Red Crested Pochard and the return of the Ferruginous Duck.



Big title, big day.


A cold and frosty start and sunshine too.





At the top end of the north lake a couple of Little Egrets were flying around, and the river Ouzel was bathed in sunlight.






On the arm that goes behind the pub, all looked very quiet. No Wigeon, and just a few Mallards. Not surprising really because all this week there has been a lot of boat activity. Powered dinghy's teararsing around like they were on the open sea, and even a large 'dragon boat' type thing up and down this stretch.
It wasn't until I got round the other side that I noticed some Goosanders. They must have just flown in.




Three male, and one female.




The female spent a lot of time prone on top of the water for a while, but the boys were just not interested.





I watched them for a while and took a few pictures.







A couple of Mallards posed too in the sunlight.







I walked on towards the pub, and another group flew over to meet us.







They wanted feeding.




Onto the south lake; still sunny, but not very warm yet.


Over the last few days there has been a Ferruginous Duck here. A real treat to see, but sadly, yesterday, it left and went to another lake nearby.



However, today, it had returned to its usual spot.





 Nice to see it in the sunshine; just a shame it was so far away.




A few more pictures taken, and then I noticed something in the background walking along the edge of the island.





 Top left, a Water Rail.





Past the rowing club, and up towards the houses with the bays in front.

Would the Red Crested Pochard be there still?





 Certainly was, and looking great in the sun.




We finished off a great mornings walk with a couple of Canada Geese







and then headed for home, and breakfast.




Short video









Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39






Friday, 5 February 2016

Ferruginous Duck



Myself, Whisky and Trevor, took a walk round the lake this morning.



I'd received an e-mail last night from someone who lives by the lake, that he'd seen a rather special duck there yesterday.

Just had to go and look.





A rather stunning male Ferruginous Duck.










A real treat to see. We spent a few hours there this morning photographing this beauty.







And some video too.







A bit of an overload of pictures this post, but it was a rather special duck.





Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37





Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Red Crested Pochard




Dull and cloudy to start, few spots of rain here and there, and by the time we were headed home, the sun came out. Oh well.


Whisky had a great time today. He met a few dogs that he knows, and he wore himself out.


There were some good birds today too.

By the car park a Song Thrush was singing heartily, while down below a Redwing was foraging in the leaf litter.





In between a party of Long Tailed Tits were sweeping through the branches.



Under the road bridge, and on towards the north lake, and the gang of Mallards spotted me; so a quick feed for them, and we carried on.


We soon met up with Whisky's 'friends', so not many pictures or video for a while.


At the top end of the north lake, a Little Egret was along the side of the river, and a Little Grebe was swimming around amongst the Coots and Wigeon on the lake.




On towards the south lake, and I found my first Cowslip of the year pushing its way through the grass.


At the far end a Kingfisher, and after feeding the Robin, we made our way towards the car park.


And, there it was; a Red Crested Pochard.






Took a few pictures, and then as we almost reached the car park, the sun came out.



A quick look round the bushes opposite the car park, and we found this Robin happy to pose in the sunshine.






Great visit, as always.










Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Coal Tit (Periparus ater britannicus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33



Sunday, 17 January 2016

Black on White




Could be the title of a porn movie, but sorry if you're disappointed; it just refers to a Black Swan, and the first snow of the year here.


A very small portion of the north lake today, as it was incorporated with a much larger walk with Whisky this morning; but I felt it was worth a post, if only for the returning Black Swan.






No video today.


That's it.



Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)


Total species  25



Friday, 25 December 2015

Black Swan, Goosander and Lesser Redpoll


After myself and Whisky had our usual early morning walk, I decided we'd take a wander over the lake.


Cloudy start to the morning, with a chill in the air.





Not many people about this morning, but we did meet a couple of early morning dog walkers, so Whisky had a good time running around.


There's been a Black Swan here for a few days, so I managed a couple of shots.





A shame the sun wasn't shining.



Shortly after seeing him/her, I spotted 3 Goosanders ............. 2 males and 1 female.

While I was doing a bit of video, a Kingfisher happened to fly into view too.


One of the strangest things I saw this morning was a Musk Mallow, in flower, on Christmas Day.



 These usually flower in June. The weather really has gone crazy.




Quite a few Canada Geese around this morning, plus the usual group of Mallards 'quacking' for some food. Good that Whisky doesn't go charging after them either.



Not very much else as I walked the south lake, until I reached the far end.

I decided to walk alongside the bushes by the railway line for a change; glad I did.


A small group of Lesser Redpoll were feeding on some seed heads of what I think was Rosebay Willowherb.






By the time I reached the rowing club, it was starting to rain, thankfully not too much.


A quick look round the hedges back at the car park, but nothing extra to see.
One thing though. This time of the year, the cold and frost, would have killed of the growth of nettles. Not at the moment though.
The grass was full of new shoots of nettles pushing through. Makes me wonder if it will smother the  Primroses and Cowslip in the spring.













Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)


Total species  31




Sunday, 20 December 2015

Goosander, Lapwing and Daffodils



A very quick visit to the south lake today, after our usual early morning walk and run, in the hope of getting a half decent sunrise.




A sizeable gull roost stretching between the two islands this morning, but too dark in the early light to see much. The boats were making an early start too, and by the time it was light enough for pictures, the gulls had left.



On to the field under the railway arch for the sunrise, and another disappointment.


No where near as good as I'd hoped. Oh well, at least Whisky was getting a good walk this morning.


I started to walk back to the car park, and overhead about 40 Lapwings were circling around. A nice surprise.




 Maybe they'd flown over from Willen Lake.




Around by the houses and my second surprise of the morning.




A male Goosander.


I hadn't noticed him earlier when I walked down to the far end of the lake.
Just the one today; the early light not as good as it is now .................... bright sunshine as I do this.




Finally, almost back at the car park, and a group of Daffodils caught my eye.




 Spring bulbs in December, crazy.


The weather has gone mad this year, it's been so mild.



Someone who's probably enjoying the mild winter weather at the moment though, along with his pals, was this Robin.




 No snow yet. Something to sing about.











Full list  of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)


Total species  25




Friday, 4 December 2015

Goosanders



Myself and Whisky had a very long walk around the lake today.


A four hour journey that was twofold.


Someone I've met when I've been walking the lake in the past, asked me if I could take some pictures of her for a project she has in mind. Of course I said I would, so 2 hours before we were due to meet, myself and Whisky decided we would go round the lake first, to see what was about.


All the usual suspects, and now 2 male Goosanders on the patch.






Both lakes completed, we then met up for our photography project, and walked the south lake again.



Nothing extra seen, but an enjoyable and different day.



No video today, but here's a Full list of birds seen.


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)


Total species  32