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

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


A cloudy and fairly windy morning, as I walked round today. The usual suspects about on the lake; Wigeon, Gadwall, Tufted Duck………and the handsome male Red Crested Pochard still there.

A couple of hundred Black-headed Gulls were the main event first thing this morning. Flying, and twisting in the wind, before they gradually dispersed to wherever they spend the day. Still plenty left around the lake though, along with armies of Coots, and Tufted Ducks.

No sign of any Kingfishers this morning, but entertaining to watch a Crow escorting a Sparrowhawk away from the lake.
A couple of Green Woodpeckers, flying around, laughing as they go, about a dozen Pied Wagtails at the front of the pub, (still getting its face-lift), and the Redwings round the car park still.

And a thought I had today. I’ve never seen, to my knowledge, notes, or pictures, any Teal here. 
Strange. I wonder if any will be about this year?

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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  33


  1. Hi Keith ....good that your handsome Pouchard was still there!!
    In my last post there is a tiny duck,which when I took the picture I didn't know was there, it's not real good but I wonder if you might be able to make out what it is.
    It's in a couple of photos...I do know that one has the Mallards!!

    Hugs my friend

  2. Thanks grammie. Yea, I hope he stays for the winter. Maybe his buddies will return too.

    Had a look at your duck. Think it might be a Grebe of some sort.

  3. Hi Keith :) I've got here at last! What a good assortment of birds you get on that lake, there aren't any local lakes like that here, ours really only have Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, Canada Geese, the odd Grey Heron and Mute Swans. Do you keep all the Latin names in your head or refer to books, I would have to!

    I was looking back at other posts and hardly dared read about the fishing line and the gulls but was so glad you were able to help them. I think it is awful how some anglers are so careless.

    I also noticed about the bike, that is one thing that annoys the hell out of me at Draycote, there are loads of cyclists there and they come up silently behind you without ever ringing their bells!

    I shall put myself on your followers later Keith, I'm not on my own computer at the moment and for some reason I am never able to put myself on followers from this one.

  4. Hiya Jan, and welcome :)

    When I go out, I make a note of what I see, and then when I get home I add it to some listing software I have. It's a clever piece of stuff; sorts it all out, and I just copy/paste and put it in here.........fancy names and all :)