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

Friday, 5 November 2010

Another half

Not a good day today. A ton of things to do, so only the north lake walked this morning. The wind has dropped, but the rain is pushing in now. A light drizzle, then stopped for a while. Lots of leaves have blown from the trees, but still colourful walking round.

This shot is the part of the lake favoured by the Red Crested Pochard, and a lot of other birds; but today, no sign of him, and only a handful of other ducks there. About 60, which included Tufted, Pochard, Gadwall, Wigeon and Coot. No idea why or where they’ve gone.

The Redwings are still around the car park, along with plenty of Blackbirds, and Blue Tits. Plenty of Black-headed Gulls, and I’ve noticed an increase in Common Gull recently.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  26


  1. Not a good day here either very dark and overcast. Still good to get out.

  2. Yea, it's always good to get out, even if it's raining. :)

  3. Hi Keith...Raining here today too and rained hard enough last night that I found some water in the basement of the house this morning grrr!
    Take it easy there with all that stuff you have to do!!
    Hugs My Friend!!

  4. Indoor swimming pool?

    Hope it doesn't flood you too much grammie. It doesn't sound very good :(

  5. Just caught up with all the lovely, colourful Autumnal posts of the last few days Keith. You really are lucky to have such a nice local lake, there isn't anything like that very close to me.

    The weather has been dire here today and even at this time of night, in pouring rain, I can still hear that people are standing outside watching their money go up in smoke!!

  6. Thanks Jan. It's difficult to tear myself away from the lake at times.
    The fireworks round here, and most places I guess, will be going on now well into the new year. My dog hates them.