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

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

You can’t keep a good man, or duck, down.

Good to see one of the Red Crested Pochards back this morning, in his usual spot.

Not the best of pictures, he was a long way off; but good to see him back.

Plenty of Gadwall on the lake today, both north and south; and half a dozen Common Pochard on the south lake, with about 30 Tufted Duck. Shoveler and Little Grebe still there too.

I was thinking today, maybe we’ll have the first nesting Herons next year. I reckon quite possible, on the island at the south lake.

A very different day today with the weather; no frost first thing, just very cloudy, and rain later. Certainly not so many birds seen this morning.

And the pub is getting a face-lift. Lots of busy workmen with brushes in their hands.

 Well, one; the rest were busy watching.

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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)

Total species  29


  1. It is back, R-C Pochard, I'll bet you were pleased after yesterdays happenings. What a beautiful pub, to live near to it, would be to turn you into an alcholic.

  2. Yea, I was very pleased to see one of them back Bob.
    It's a very popular pub, especially at weekends; and food served pretty much all day. The breakfasts smell lovely when it's being cooked, as I walk past some mornings lol

  3. Hi Keith...It must have been a good morning for you ....Pochard back!! : }
    I would like to see a Shoveler some day.
    I just love there bills quite comical !!
    Today is my c-scan and stress test will try to get an email off later!!
    Hugs for now!!

  4. Glad you have a Pochard back, the anglers will be thrilled to bits at the thought of breeding Heron.

  5. Grammie, it was like seeing an old friend lol
    Good luck with your tests.

    Adrian, I really hope they do breed here next year. There's plenty all around the lake, but the south end looks an ideal spot.

  6. OHHH he is lovely!! How wonderful he is still around...oh send those guys to my houes have lotssss of repairs that need tending to!!

  7. Thanks Dixxe. I'm sure those guys would love a working holiday like that lol

  8. I used to raise RC Pochards, somewhere I have closeup photo studies of them but, that is not the same as nature and a wild bird.

    As for the PUB, seems workers are the same all over the world. Some work some watch, some wonder whats going on.

  9. That must have been very rewarding Dale, raising RC Pochards.

    Your last statement is so true lol

  10. The RC Pochards are never very cooperative Keith, they are usually a mile away.

  11. His favoured spot is a nightmare to get a decent picture from Roy. I'll keep trying though lol