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

Saturday, 30 October 2010


A sunny morning, and a pleasant stroll round the lake. There seems to be quite a few young Blackbirds around the car park, along with the Redwings; and all round the lake I noticed just how many Blue Tits seem to be around. Must have been a good breeding year for a lot of birds.

Hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of Black-headed Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on the south lake this morning. It must have been a popular roost spot last night. They were slowly peeling off from the water, and quite a spectacle to watch.
Big numbers of Wood Pigeons flying overhead this morning too.

On the water, the lone Red Crested Pochard, still enjoying himself at the north lake, along with Tufted Duck and Wigeon. Three Kingfishers seen this morning, and at the south lake, the Little Grebes and Gadwall still in good numbers.

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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  33


  1. Once again the list is very impressive! The birds here in our yard seem to have vanished!! We are hoping for some weary travelers to appear soon--have a great weekend.

  2. Hi Keith...Nice day around the lake I see.
    Enjoy while you can!!

  3. Thanks Dixxe. It's a bit the opposite here; numbers are steadily increasing, ready for the winter.

    Grammie, thank you. Yea, the end draws near lol