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

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Nice weather for ducks…

But crap when you’re out in it.

It poured with rain this morning, walking round the lake. But the rain seemed to have bought some new arrivals. On the north lake, along with the 40 odd Tufted Duck, and half dozen Wigeon, there were 4 Pochard, and a fine pair of Red Crested Pochard. Good to see them there; hope they stay a while.

Down on the south lake, there’s now 8 Little Grebe; the two Gadwall still, and a Shoveler, swimming round with them.

In the bushes, I stood watching a party of Long Tailed Tits moving through the branches, and then caught sight of a Treecreeper, working his way along.

I’d forgotten all about the rain, watching these; and then a pair of Bullfinches flew into view. Chaffinch and Goldfinch were added to the finches, as a Green Woodpecker flew overhead ‘laughing’ his merry laugh.

A good morning, despite the efforts of the weather.

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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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 Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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  32


  1. Really nice lot of sightings Keith and you caught that Treecreeper very well, (considering its a Treecreeper).

  2. Hi Keith...Tree creepers;,cute little guys and this one is pretty well disquised!!
    We are about to get rained upon here!! yuck!!: }
    Glad you got out in spite of the rain!! "Hugs" I hope there helping!; }

  3. Thanks Roy. They are buggers to capture well, ain't they lol

    Thanks grammie. Hugs are always a tonic; thanks ;)

  4. Oh well rain is something we have to have so may as well make the best of it...Pochard, Ive never seen one-Ill have to go look that one up!

  5. You captured a fine bueaty. Love the detail and seeing though your lens. I miss so many birds so I really enjoy what I find here.

  6. Thanks Dixxe. It looks like it will be much better this morning. Clear skies so far.

    Thank you Lisa. Glad you enjoy them.