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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Saturday, 16 October 2010

At last

Finally got out for a few hours this morning, and went round the lake. A slow walk, but I had to check and see if the Red Crested Pochard were still there.
They were; along with plenty of Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Pochard, and a few Gadwall.

A few groups of migrating Redwing flew overhead, heading west, and a Buzzard circled high, riding the thermals.

Back down below, small flocks of Long Tailed Tits flying through the trees, a group of Goldfinches making their wind chime sounds, and a couple of Bullfinches; always good to see these.

And down at the south lake, 6 Little Grebes, still enjoying the seclusion of their favourite spot, along with a few Coots, and a couple of Herons.

I spent a few minutes photographing a very obliging Grey Wagtail too, until the thunderous feet of jogger scared him off. I did manage a few shots though.

 ( is anyone else having problems uploading pictures? I keep getting 'server rejected' come up, instead of a picture, when I use the 'insert image' button. Very annoying. )

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  33


  1. Very good to see you back and wandering. I think blogger have a problem. I use live writer to compose in because it's safe. But they are getting at that.

  2. Hi Keith...."hasn't been a week" how did you get there!! ; }
    Happy for you that you got out though I can just imagine how hard it would be to keep you from getting out to see your bird friends!! CAREFUL!!

  3. Thanks Adrian. Hope they get this sorted out soon.

    Grammie; erm, rumbled me lol
    Yea, I had to get out, I was going mad.
    Hope you're feeling better too.

  4. Nice Grey Wag Keith.

    It sounds like you are still using the old system. I have switched to the new system and its much better. You just upload all the images onto the space and click "add selected". Thats easy because they are already selected so they load just like that.

  5. Cheers Roy.

    As far as I know, it's the new system. Was working fine, till a couple of days ago. They uploaded how you described; then just added them.
    I'm wondering if it's a browser problem. I use Opera; might try a post using Firefox.

  6. Keith, it could well be a browser problem not quite compatible. Although Opera is a good browser for windows. Try Firefox as it is just as good a browser.

  7. Thanks Roy. I tried Chrome over on my other blog; Googles own effort. It worked, kind of. Might give Firefox a try next time.
    Seems most stuff is geared for IE, and I'm not a fan of that.