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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

11 comments:

  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.

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  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

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  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!!

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

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  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.

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  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!!

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

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  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.

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

    Your last statement is so true lol

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

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

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