Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.


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

Sunday, 24 October 2010


A cold morning; not so much frost on the windscreen, it was ice. Sunny, but bloody cold.

Yesterday I did half a circuit, then went home. I felt rough. The highlight yesterday was a female Blackcap, by the car park. Didn’t see her today though.
Two Kingfishers and two Sparrowhawks today though.

A couple of fishermen had the birds up in the air yesterday, at the spot where the Red Crested Pochards have been. Yes, I did swear! No sign of them there today, and only a handful of Wigeon left there. I did manage to find 3 of the RC Pochards on another part of the lake though, so maybe the other 2 are still around.

On the south lake, still got the Little Grebe, the Shoveler, and a few Gadwall. A Pochard has joined them too; and back at the car park, Redwing and Fieldfare.

Not a bad morning; but where’s my Bittern?

Today’s full list of 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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  33


  1. Hi Keith... I'm glad you must be feeling better today but you need to take it easy!!
    You did what at those fisherman!! lol ; }

  2. Lovely shot Keith and great new header.

  3. Those fishermen deserved it grammie; they scared off my birds lol
    I don't think they heard me though ;)

    Thanks Roy :)

  4. So you got me interested in the lake and I have been doing some reading online about it and looking at arial photos.
    Now, take it easy for a while. Don't want to have to come over there and kick your behind. ;)

  5. Thanks Dale. Yea, I'll slow down a bit lol
    Great looking lake though, isn't it ;)