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

Sunday, 10 October 2010

One less, one extra

A dull morning round the lake, and now I’m home, the sun decides to come out. Hmmmmm.

Most of the usual birds seen today, apart from the absence of the Shoveler, at the south lake. He’s been with a couple of Gadwall for a few days, but today, just the one Gadwall. The Little Grebe were still there, and a lone Wigeon.

Up on the north lake, the usual crowd of Tufted Duck, Pochard, Wigeon and the pair of Red Crested Pochard. A Grey Wagtail dropped down long enough for a couple of pictures,

and good numbers of Black-headed Gulls still.

The one extra?

Well, walking back to the car, I usually stop for a while by the car park, and watch the bushes and trees there. A dozen or more Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Bullfinch a few Blue and Great Tits, and………….today………..a couple of Coal Tits.

Not seen, or noticed these before, so a nice addition to the list.

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 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 Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Coal Tit (Periparus ater britannicus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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. Hi Keith..Just the opposite here sun when I got up and now clouded over.
    I'm glad I'm not a bird ....wouldn't want my feet in the water. It must be a little chilly.
    Later Hugs!!

  2. Thanks grammie. I'd love to be a bird......all that freedom lol

  3. Nice Grey Wag Keith and in a classic position.

  4. Nice shot of the Grey Wag .. one that has defeated me so far. I hope you are keeping a eye out for Redwings etc? Cheers FAB.

  5. Thanks Frank. There's been a lot of sightings of birds passing over recently, but none landed here yet, that I've noticed. Usually get quite a few Redwings and Fieldfares here, so just a matter of time I guess.

  6. Lovely capture of the Grey Wagtail against the water.