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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Friday, 26 November 2010

Bit of a bonus

I wasn’t going to go round the lake this morning, because I had a meeting at work, but since Jim woke me at a ridiculous hour of the night, I though , ‘what the hell!’
A quick blast round the north lake.

No sign of the Goldeneye, or the Goosander; I guess they’ve moved on.
But plenty of Redwing flying over, and Wood Pigeons. A lone Sparrowhawk too; always worth looking up occasionally.

Tufted Duck, Pochard and a few Gadwall, still on the north lake, along with Cormorants and a few herons; and two Kingfishers seen this morning.

While I was out, I got a quick text message, to say the meeting has been cancelled. Monday, when I go back, it will be done then. Since I was freezing cold by then, I decided on just the north lake, then a quick exit. Some shopping was needed, and some more pills to collect later.

Always tomorrow

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)
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)
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 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  33


  1. Beautiful sunrise along with the Great Heron.

  2. Thanks Bob. The sunrise looked really good this morning.

  3. Hopefully you can send the sun our way. A wonder the camera battery survives. Beautiful day though after weeks of fog.

  4. I love the sunrise, but hate to get up early, so thats a problem! I know you enjoyed this early morning trip to the lake!

  5. We're supposed to have some sun here tomorrow; I'll send it north once it's warmed up here ;)

    Thanks Dixxe. A couple more days to enjoy it, then back to work :(

  6. My goodness that did look cold! It was here too, the water was frozen solid on the birdbath today.

    Two Kingfishers, I'm not greedy, one would do :)

  7. Would you believe the first Kingfisher sat in a tree, not 10 feet away Jan. The problem was, it was still quite dark, and it only stayed long enough to 'peep' twice, before flying off. I'm sure they do it to tease lol